Gymnoscelis picta Warren, 1901, Novit. zool., 8: 30.
Symmimetis sylvatica Turner,
1922, Trans. Roy. Soc. S. Aust., 46: 234, syn. n.
Pseudomimetis semiviridis Prout,
1928, Insects Samoa, 3(3): 145, syn. n.
Pseudomimetis vailima Prout,
1958, Bull. Br. Mus. nat. Hist. (Ent.), 6: 446, syn. n.
Miculia pacifica Holloway, 1979: 314, syn. n.
Symmimetis sylvatica Turner;
Nielsen, Edwards & Rangsi, 1996: 226.
Diagnosis. There is a marked contrast between the indigo-blackish forewings and the
ochreous yellow-brown of the hindwings, stronger than in Micrulia medioplaga
and M. catocalaria Snellen, where the hindwing, of at
least the females are browner. The transverse whitish medial line of the
forewing is diagnostic.
Taxonomic notes. The taxa brought into synonymy above are consistent in genitalia
characters of both sexes throughout the wide geographical range: they are
therefore best treated as races of a single species. The female paratypes of pacifica
are misplaced with the holotype male and are probably Micrulia tenuilinea
Warren. Fletcher (1979) treated semiviridis as a good species
attributed to Warren, in which case it would have priority over picta. However
Nielsen, Edwards & Rangsi (1996) regard it as infrasubspecific, though
validated later by Prout, a treatment followed here. The specimen identified as picta
by Holloway (1976) represents another species (See
Geographical range. N.E. Himalaya, Borneo; New Guinea, Queensland (ssp. sylvatica);
Rotuma I., New Caledonia (ssp. pacifica); Samoa (ssp. vailima).
Habitat preference. Only two specimens have been taken in Borneo, one in
lowland forest near the Danum Valley Field Centre, Sabah and one at about 1700m
on G. Kinabalu.
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