Acidalia subrasata Walker,
1861, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus., 23: 773.
Acidalia turpisaria Walker,
1861, Ibid., 23: 771 syn. n.
Luxiaria subrasata rescripta Prout,
1926, Novit. zool. 33: 26.
Luxiaria subrasata Walker;
Holloway, 1976: 78.
Diagnosis. The male above is medium warm brown and could be confused with males of L.
hyalodela Prout. The forewings are slightly narrower, the postmedials of
both wings less distinctly punctate, but the major difference is on the
underside: subrasata is very dark brown with a paler quadrate patch at
the forewing apex; hyalodela is a pale ochreous brown, with darker
fasciation and lunulate forewing discal spot, but no paler quadrate patch. The
female is pale yellowish fawn with grey brown fasciation, much more strongly
contrasted on the underside where postmedial and submarginal fasciae merge to
give a broad dark brown band. In hyalodela the female is fasciated with
warm pinkish brown above and much less heavily than subrasata below. In
the male genitalia the dorsal arm of the valve is bulbous, heavily setose
centrally over the ventral part, and the subapical flange of the ventral arm is
Taxonomic note. The holotype of turpisaria is a female of subrasata. Page
priority is overruled in the interests of stability as subrasata has been
referred to frequently in recent literature.
Geographical range. N. India, Borneo, Sulawesi, S. Moluccas, New Guinea,
Habitat preference. The species ranges from the lowlands to the upper
montane zone, but is most abundant in lower montane forest.
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