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Pseudonirmides Gen. n.

Type species: sola Swinhoe.
In wing shape and facies this genus resembles Nirmides to some extent but the forewing apices are slightly more produced. The facies of the fore-wing is uniform but there is a dark submarginal similar to that in Nirmides and in the type species, sola, a slightly darker basal triangle that extends somewhat more distad than in Nirmides.

The male antennae are broadly bipectinate to just short of one half. The palps are slightly upcurved, the third segment conspicuous, a quarter the length of the second. The wing venation is similar to that of Nirmides.

The male genitalia are less highly modified than in Nirmides but have several distinctive features. The gnathus is flattened, relatively broad, apically bilobed. The valves have a diagnostic spine arising from the sacculus and running adjacent to the ventral margin of the valve approximately to the apex. The aedeagus is short, flexed almost at right angles and is inserted ventrally to a prominent central spine-like process, the morphological origin of which is at present unclear. The eighth tergite has its distal margin sclerotised and is, in sola, bilobed

A female tentatively associated with sola (slide 766) has the bursa unornamented except for very fine sparse scobination and the ductus straight. The anterior margin of the eighth sternite is somewhat more heavily sclerotised and scobinate than the rest, and the apophyses are unusually doubled.

The type species has two other congeners, one an undescribed reddish brown species (slide 881) from Sulawesi, and the other a species from Nepal, externally similar to sola but with different male genitalia. This latter may be N. cuprea Moore (see Nirmides) but the type of this taxon has not been examined. The probable larva and cocoon of the type species of Pseudonirmides is described in the specific account.

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