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Sulawesi Endemics

Sulawesi Endemics
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-05 9:20
Viewed: 3991
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For most of the animal groups occuring in Sulawesi, the number of species endemic amounts to about 50%.
This is also true for butterflies. This picture shows such a species which is known only for Sulawesi mainland and one associated smaller island, Buton.

The picture shows a worn specimen of
- Ypthima loryma
- family: Nymphalidae
- subfamily: Satyrinae

The genus Ypthima comprises a large number of species which are often difficult to discriminate.
Y. loryma belongs to the medium sized species of the genus. Its wing pattern is not eye-catching but shows numerous fine details.
Wing span: about 35 mm.

Coastal rain forest in the vicinity of Kolaka, western part of Sulawesi-Tenggara, Indonesia

* Shirozu T, Shima H (1979) On the natural groups and their phylogenetic relationships of the genus Ypthima hübner mainly from Asia (Lepidopter: Satyridae). Sieboldia 4, 231-295.
* Aoki T, Yamaguchi S, Uémura Y (1982) Butterflies of the South East Asian Islands. Volume III, Satyridae and Libytheidae. - Plapac Co., Tokyo.
* Vane-Wright RI, de Jong R (2003) The butterflies of Sulawesi: an annotated checklist for a critical island fauna. - National Museum of Natural History. Leiden.

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Hi Peter,
The details are very refined, the approach is precise, perfectly equipped with an eloquent approach. All the best to observe the species. Good work.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-02-05 10:29]

Nice to be here again dear Peter,
Incredible capture with lots of sharp details.
Great job MF.
See you and have a nice weekend,

hello Peter
very good picture with super sharpness and good details
beautiful colours and nice light
very good soft BG.
greeting lou

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-05 10:56]

Guten Abend Peter,

We see real the structure of the wing, lovely sharpness and clarity.
Natural colors lovely presentation.

Einen schönen wochenende,

Hello Peter
Wonderful this Satyrinae!
Great chance to captured and posted an endemic butterfly!

Hi Peter

Maybe not eye-catching but an excellent shot of this endemic butterfly. Excellent sharpness and details, great composition and OOF background.


Ciao Peter, great macro of splendid butterfly, I never see before, thanks, fine details, beautiful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-06 1:55]

Hello Peter.

With your pictures you give us a very nice inview of the Sulawesi insects.
This one looks very nice, highly detailed and taken with an attractive POV.
Keep going the good work.

Gr. Hans

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