conversata Walker comb. n.
Hyria conversata Walker, 1861, List Specimens lepid. Insects
Colln Br. Mus., 22: 666.
Diagnosis. This and the next species are very similar and are perhaps best
distinguished by genitalic features. However anisocosma Prout is a
more fluorescent mauvish pink rather than reddish, with a distinct but
diffuse dark area at the hindwing angle. In both, the male is less heavily
marked with pink than the female with the central zone of the hindwing
and, to a lesser extent, the forewing broadly yellow. In the male
genitalia there is a lateral spur to the long spine of the valve: this is
larger and more distal in conversata, and the spine itself is more
slender with greater curvature apically.
Geographical range. Borneo, Sumatra (Heterocera Sumatrana colln).
Habitat preference. All material is from lowland localities, with some
indication of a preference for swamp forest, e.g. the Badas area of Brunei
and the Baram plain of Sarawak.
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