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Gymnoscelis phoenicopus Prout 
Gymnoscelis phoenicopus Prout, 1958, Bull. Br. Mus. nat. Hist. (Ent.), 6: 443.
Gymnoscelis phoenicopus Prout; Holloway, 1976: 70.

Gymnoscelis phoenicopus
(x 1.47)

Diagnosis. The wings are a much plainer, more uniform brown than in congeners with a single angle on the fine black postmedials of both wings, edged finely paler distad. The forewing discal spot and antemedial are also present but there is no other conspicuous fasciation. The form of the signum in the bursa is very unusual, but seen also in G. smithersi Holloway comb. n. from Norfolk I., a taxon brought into Gymnoscelis for this reason. The pair of scobinate patches on the short, rather swollen ductus is also similar in the two species. In the male, the vesica is globular in both species, though there is only one short cornutus in phoenicopus compared with two large ones in smithersi. The octavals are well developed in both species but more robust, incurved in smithersi. These features are indication of a relationship with the type species of Dolerosceles and to sara Robinson in the S.W. Pacific. However, sara lacks the female genitalia features mentioned above (the female of erymna is unknown).

Geographical range. Seram, Sulawesi, Borneo.

Habitat preference. The only Bornean specimens seen are three from G. Kinabalu (1200m, 1620m and 1760m) and one from lower montane forest at 1000m on G. Mulu.

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