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Lepidoptera > Pterophoroidea > Pterophoridae > Deuterocopinae > Deuterocopus

Deuterocopus spp.

Indian and global distribution:
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Similiar species:
Deuterocopus Zeller, 1851 species known from India.
1. Deuterocopus alopecodes Meyrick, 1911 (Plate 1, Fig. 3)
Deuterocopus alopecodes Meyrick, 1911; Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, 21: 105.
TL: India. Distribution: India (Karnataka).
2. Deuterocopus atrapex Fletcher, 1909 (Plate 1, Fig. 4)
Deuterocopus atrapex Fletcher, 1909; Spolia Zeylanica, 6: 19.
TL: Sri Lanka.Distribution: India (Tamil Nadu), Australia, Borneo, Moluccas, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Thailand.
3. Deuterocopus planeta Meyrick, 1907 (Plate 1, Fig. 5)
Deuterocopus planeta Meyrick, 1907; Transactions of the entomological Society of London, 1908: 473–474.
TL: India. Distribution: India (Karnataka, Meghalaya, Punjab, Uttarakhand), Indonesia, Myanmar, New Guinea, Palau, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor.
4. Deuterocopus ritsemae Walsingham, 1884 (Plate 1, Fig. 6)
Deuterocopus ritsemae Walsingham, 1884; Notes Leyden Museum, 6: 243
TL: Indonesia, Java. Distribution: India (Tamil Nadu), Bismarck Islands, Indonesia, Moluccas, Myanmar, New Britain, New Guinea, Sri Lanka
5. Deuterocopus socotranus Rebel, 1907 (Plate 1, Fig. 7)
Deuterocopus socotranus Rebel, 1907; Denkschriften Mathematischen- Naturwissenschaftlichen Klasse der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 71: 85. TL: Yemen, Sokotra [now Socotra Island]. Distribution: India, Australia, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Guinea, Oman, Somalia, Rep. South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  1. Pathania, P.C., Gielis, C., Das, A. and Chandra, K., 2021. Catalogue of superfamily Pterophoroidea Kuznetsov & Stekolnikov (Lepidoptera) of India. Zootaxa, 4915(2), pp.201-236.
Note: Five species are illustrated in Pathania et al., 2021. Among the five species, alopecodes, planeta, and ritsemae appears very similar looking externally. Deuterocopus alopecodes can be separated based on the large white marking on abdomen dorso- proximally. Other two species however needs careful examination. Good close-up image with higher resolution providing abdominal and wing view clearly is must for identifying Pterophorids from photographs (Jahir Rayhan).

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Anonymous. 2022. Deuterocopus spp. . 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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