Species #297 of the Singapore Checklist
It started with an innocuous request for an ID of a skipper that NParks Senior Biodiversity Officer Serene Chng of the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) of NParks emailed to me. Her colleague, Jun-Yan's shot of a rather pristine specimen of this skipper, did not match the any pictures of the extant butterfly species in the Field Guide to the Butterflies of Singapore.
A comparison of Jun-Yan's shot with a typical Common Dartlet shot
With Jun-Yan's latest shot of a pristine specimen in a nature reserve, Species #297, the Malay Dartlet, which is new to Singapore, is added to the Checklist. The genus Oriens is now represented by two species in Singapore's butterfly fauna.
ButterflyCircle credits the discovery of the Malay Dartlet in Singapore to Sek Jun-Yan, Senior Biodiversity Officer of the National Parks Board, whose fortunate encounter with this species confirms a new addition to the Singapore butterfly fauna.