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Chrysocraspeda dramaturgis sp. n

Chrysocraspeda dramaturgis (holotype)
(x 1.33)

9-10mm. The pale yellow ground colour is almost entirely shaded with finely mottled red, leaving clear yellow areas centrally on both wings much as in males of C. conversata, except more strongly defined, that on the forewing transverse, resembling a duck's head with a red eye, beak directed distally. On the hindwing the central markings extend towards a longitudinal yellow bar at the margin. The male genitalia suggest the closest relationship is with C. ozophanes, with the rather quadrate uncus and downturned, rather spatulate processes in the valves. The latter are more acute, less asymmetric.

Holotype . SARAWAK: Gunung Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.) Site 23, April, W. Melinau Gorge, 250m. 430558, FEG 4 limestone forest, BM geometrid slide 18308.

Paratypes: l BRUNEI: 300m, Ulu Temburong, rainforest 27 Apr 1981; (Lt. Col. M.G. Allen); 1 SABAH: 945m, Gunung Monkobo, 116.56E, 5.48S, dipterocarp forest, 14-23 .vii. 1987 (K.R. Tuck).

The species is named in memory of Nicholas John, dramaturge of the English National Opera and friend of the author.

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. All specimens are from lowland dipterocarp forest.

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