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Asceles tanarata singapura

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The species was described by the local stick insect expect Dr. Francis Seow-Choen and his overseas counterpart Paul Brock as Asceles singapura on 1999, based on material from Singapore and Johor. Upper Peirce Reservoir was chosen as type locality as specimens there were used for species description. But one year later, Dr. Seow-Choen believed our local species does not appear to be "specific" different from another species A. tanarata which is found at Tanarata of Peninsular Malaysia, but display some minor differences which he regarded as geographical variation, and thus, changed the the local species to be a subspecies of Asceles tanarata.

Interestingly, according to their records, the food plants of this subspecies are three species of Macaranga (M. conifera, M. gigantea and M. triloba), while my specimen was tightly holding to a hairy Clidemia (Clidemia hirta).
Auteur  Tiomanese
Ajoutée le  Mardi 02 Septembre 2008

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