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Episteira Warren

Type species: colligata Warren, Flores.

Dugdale (1980) redefined Episteira. The hindwing has an anal lobe as in Sauris, but veins Rs and M1 in the male hindwing are separate rather than fused. In Tympanota they are separate or stalked.

In facies the species resemble Sauris rather than Tympanota. The forewings are finely and neatly fasciated with pale fawn, and the discal mark is narrow, linear, oblique. These markings are often picked out in dark brown or black in a manner varying from species to species.

In the male genitalia the uncus is diagnostically apically bifid but slender, with socii only vestigial. The valve is simple, rather short, and there are no coremata. There is sometimes a small, rounded flap arising from interiorly on the sacculus. The female genitalia are similar in features to those of Tympanota species.

The genus ranges from India to Fiji. There are a few African species assigned to the genus: the status of these requires investigation.

The larva of a Japanese species was illustrated by Sugi (1987). It is robust, smooth, emerald green, with a fine, faint, paler line laterally. The host-plant is Podocarpus (Podocarpaceae) as in the previous genus.

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