Nirmides purpurea sp. n.
The forewing facies is similar to that of basalis except the
forewing basal to the submarginal is a uniform purplish grey with no yellow. The
hindwing also lacks the fawn-yellow zone along the dorsum. The forewing
submarginal has the anterior distal angle as prominent as the central one rather
than less so. In the male genitalia the processes of the eighth sternite are
only half as long as in basalis, the saccus is broader, the bifid uncus
prominent rather than vestigial, and the socii broadest subapically rather than
Rampayoh, 125 metres, BRUNEI, 2.iii.1982 (T.W. Harman) BM limacodid slide
Paratype. 1 Primary
forest, SABAH: Poring, 1800ft, E. of Mt Kinabalu, 20-23.i.1976, (E.W. Classey);
Temburong Expedition 1978, BRUNEI, base camp, 300m, 10.x.1978 (T.W. Harman); 2
Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.), Site
8, February, Camp 1, Mulu, 150m, 384470, mixed dipt. for.
Geographical range. Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia.
Habitat preference. All Bornean material is from lowland rainforest. The
two specimens from Peninsular Malaysia were from about 700m in the Genting
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