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