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Petelia distracta (Walker, 1860)

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Similiar species:
Petelia Herrich-Schäffer, [1855] species known from India.
Petelia albopunctata (Swinhoe, 1891)
Petelia delostigma Prout, 1932 
Petelia distracta (Walker, 1860)
Petelia capitata (Walker, 1867)
Petelia fasciata (Moore, 1868)
Petelia immaculata Hampson, 1893
Petelia medardaria Herrich-Schäffer, 1856 
Petelia riobearia (Walker, 1860)
Petelia paroobathra Prout, 1932
  1. OD: Bargosa distracta Walker, 1860. List Spec. Lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. 21: 481. Text at 
  2. Ephyra strigulataria Walker, 1862. List Spec. Lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. 26: 1575. Text at 
  3. Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, T. Karmakar & K. Kunte. 2021. Moth diversity (Lepidoptera) of Shendurney and Ponmudi in Agastyamalai Biosphere Reserve, Kerala, India: an update. Tropical Lepidoptera Research 31(3): 166-178. Pg, 174, Pl. 3/59.
Notes: See notes on page 174 (Sondhi et al 2021). Petelia distracta (Walker, 1860) and Petelia medardaria Herrich-Schäffer, 1856 are similar species that have a prominent black spot on the underside of the hindwing. These species are best separated by comparing male genitalia, but based on the wing markings, our individual from Shendurney is provisionally identified by the authors as P. distracta. Species identify arrived at after discussion with D. Stuning; only way to be certain is to dissect genitalia.

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Anonymous. 2022. Petelia distracta (Walker, 1860). In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 3.30. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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