Bhutantis mansfieldi (Riley 1939)
|Kongashan, Sichuan, April 1984; 2000 meters elevation. subspecies pulchristata Male. Photo courtesty Panganiban.
|Female, same data as male. Photo courtesty Panganiban
Bhutantis mansfieldi is the most primitive
of the Bhutantis species. Until recently
it was known only from the three specimens collected in 1918 in Yunnan
China by Mansfield, but in 1981 was rediscovered in Sichuan on Mt Gonga
(near Xinxing City). In the early 1980's quite a number on specimens were
broughy out by Japanese expeditions, and many were sold at high prices.
In the late 1980's it was listed (with the other Bhutantis
species) as appendix II of CITES requiring permits for capture and export/import/sale
of specimens. It is apparently common early in the year (Spring) where
found, but is quite local and so far has not been found outside of Sichuan
Province and the initial records from Yunnan China.