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Gonanticlea Swinhoe

Type species: aversa Swinhoe, India.

Holloway (1979: 306, 315) reviewed the limits of this genus, removing a major group of Australasian species into Papuanticlea Holloway. True Gonanticlea exhibit strong sexual dimorphism of forewing pattern, that of the male always being bolder, more contrasted, than that of the female. The hindwings are often, but not always, dull orange-yellow above, but speckled and finely fasciated ochre and brown below. The male characteristically (though not in the type species) has a creamy-white, more or less straight medial band on the forewing, separating a dark brown area that extends to the irregularly angular postmedial, from a less uniform antemedial area of dark brown. In the female the medial band is pale reddish brown, sharply defined basad as before, but continuing extensively with the same pale colour distally to the postmedial. The male antennae are filiform.

The male abdomen offers no clearly diagnostic features, with the genitalia showing great variety of form. The valves are usually simple, but the juxta sometimes bears slender processes. There are no coremata on the valves but the seventh segment of the abdomen is very much shorter than those on either side, and can bear coremata (as in G. amplior Thierry-Mieg). The tegumen has a conspicuous, anteriorly directed spur as in the previous genus, Papuanticlea Holloway and Crasilogia Warren (Holloway, 1984b), so this may indicate a sister-relationship with this mainly tropical Australasian generic complex. The complex was not placed to tribe by Nielsen, Edwards & Rangsi (1996).

The female genitalia are delicately built, the ductus slender, the corpus bursae pyriform, containing a somewhat ovate signum consisting of short, conical spines that grade away in size basad.

Gonanticlea is primarily Oriental, with the two Australasian species being larger, more robust, one ranging from the Moluccas to the Solomons and the other endemic to New Caledonia. There are several species endemic to Sulawesi.

No information on the biology has been located.

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