Scopula melinau sp. n.
Scopula melinau (holotype)
11mm. The wings have a more greyish tone than species typical of this
facies type such as S. nesciaria Walker and S. attentata Walker
(both Indian), resembling more S. wegneri Prout (Java), but the fasciae
are more crisply defined. The genitalia are similar to those of wegneri, but
the sclerotised arms of the valves are narrower, more acute. In the abdomen, the
pouch between the tympanic bullae is smaller and the cerata of the eighth
sternite are of equal development, the left more strongly curved apically
(absent in wegneri). The socii are long as in leucopis and quadratisparsa.
Holotype . SARAWAK: Gunung Mulu Nat.
Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.) Site 24, April, W.
Melinau Gorge, 270m, 430558, FEG 4, limestone forest, BM geometrid slide 18377.
Geographical range. Borneo.
Habitat preference. The type locality is in dipterocarp forest on a steep
limestone slope at the foot of the ascent trail for G. Api.
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