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Polynesia Swinhoe

Type species: sunandava Walker, Sri Lanka.

Synonym: Placotome Warren (type species truncapex Swinhoe, N.E. Himalaya, Peninsular Malaysia, Bali).

All species in this genus have primrose-yellow wings marked with punctate red fasciae as in the Bornean species illustrated here. The larger red patches are centred greyish. Females tend to have the red more orange, less emphatic than the males, and males of P. truncapex have the forewing apex shallowly excavate. The hindwing margin has two slight angles where the stronger red marks occur. The male antennae are filiform.

The male genitalia have valve setae much as in Eois and related eupitheciines. At the base of the valve costa are long, sinuous spines that may be modified labides, and the uncus is reduced with corresponding development of the subscaphium, hence the genus may be eupitheciine. The saccus is enlarged in the two non-Bornean species.

The female genitalia have an ovate bursa arising from a moderately long and slender ductus, the distal half of which is sclerotised. The signum consists of an oval patch of scobination, spines extending out from each side of a longitudinal pleat, perhaps similar to that in Poecilasthena or Parasthena.

The genus consists of the three species mentioned here. P. sunandava also occurs disjunctly in India, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumbawa, Larat and New Guinea.

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