CYPOIDES PARACHINENSIS Brechlin, 2009

Female Cypoides parachinensis, Trongsa-Zhemgang road, near Yumrong, Bhutan, 7.vi.2008, 1260m (ALLOTYPE). Photo: © Ronald Brechlin.

TAXONOMY

Cypoides parachinensis Brechlin, 2009, Entomo-Satsphingia, 2(2): 57. Type locality: Myanmar, ZimYar Dam, 65km E Putao, 1250m, 2750'N, 9701'E.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 36--40mm. Slightly smaller than Cypoides chinensis from northern Vietnam and southern China, but about the same size as those from Taiwan (Brechlin, 2009).


Female Cypoides parachinensis, Chirang, Bhutan, 7.vi.2012. Photo: © Jatishwor S. Irungbam.

ADULT BIOLOGY

An inhabitant of mixed broad-leaved evergreen forests at 850-1300m altitude.


FLIGHT-TIME

China: not recorded.


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown.


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: south Xizang/Tibet (Mutu, Namjagbarwa region, 850m (Zhang et al, 1986; Wang, 1988)).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Confined to central and eastern Bhutan, the northern tip of Myanmar/Burma, and the neighbouring border area of Xizang/Tibet, China. (Zhang et al (1986) recorded and illustrated this species from Xizang/Tibet, but misidentified it.)

[The population of Cypoides chinensis recorded from northeastern Thailand (Inoue, Kennett & Kitching, [1996] 1997) may also be C. parachinensis, but this needs to be confirmed.]


Global distribution of Cypoides parachinensis. Map: © NHMUK.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION

Holarctic; eastern Palaearctic region. Pleistocene refuge: Monocentric -- Yunnan refugium.



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