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Metallaxis amandae sp. n.

Metallaxis amandae
(holotype) (x 1.33)

10mm. The ground colour is grey, faintly fasciated away from the major pale markings. That on the forewing is very much larger than that on the hindwing (the reverse in semiustus), the latter restricted to a red ovate discal mark containing two white bars. That on the forewing extends from the discal area to the submarginal (to the margin in semiustus): it is yellow and white, traversed and bordered by irregular red and orange lines. The genitalia differ from those of semiustus in that the valve apex is entire, tapering, rather than shallowly excavate into two lobes. The rugose area of the second abdominal sternite is distinctly triangular.

Holotype . SARAWAK: Gunung Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.) Site 15, February, Camp 2.5, Mulu, 1000m. 413461. [lower montane forest], BM geometrid slide 18274.

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. The only specimen is from lower montane forest.

The species is named for Mandy Heddle, assistant to the author in 1994-5.

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