aureata sp. n.
26-28mm. This is a slightly larger
species than plagiata, the forewings and thorax a somewhat golden fawn
rather than pale greyish brown. The facies and variability are as in plagiata.
The pale submarginal line of the forewing, when prominent, is distinctly
yellow. The basal zone of the forewing underside may be dull reddish compared
with brown in plagiata. The male genitalia provide the most reliable
distinguishing features: the cucullus is triangular, the ventral angle (with
spur or digitus) approximately level with the dorsal one, whereas in plagiata
the dorsal angle is more rounded and strongly produced relative to the
ventral one (though this is less pronounced in Pacific populations of plagiata);
the juxta and lateral bands of sclerotisation on the anellus are longer,
narrower than in plagiata.
features also distinguish the Australian T. spectabilis Walker stat.
rev. (= nebulifera Warren syn. n.), a much darker brown
insect, darker than plagiata. T. spectabilis may therefore be the
sister-species of T. aureata.
SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J. D. Holloway et al)
Site 1, January. Camp 4, Mulu, 1790m 452463 [upper-montane] BM noctuid slide
general data as holotype but Site 27, April, G. Api 1500m Pandanus Camp, 429541;
general data as holotype but Site 6, January, Gunong Mulu 2360m, 467465,
low summit scrub; 4
SABAH: Mt Kinabalu, 'Radio Sabah' 2600m vii-xi. 1965. Cambridge Expedition to Mt
Kinabalu 1965 (H.J. Banks, H.S. Barlow & J.D. Holloway).
Himalaya, China (Moupin) to Sundaland, Philippines, Sulawesi, S. Maluku, New
species is much commoner than plagiata in Borneo, particularly in natural
habitats and at high altitudes. It ranges from the lowlands to 2600m and is much
commoner above 1700m.
the life history of this and the previous species are probably inextricable
unless voucher material was retained.
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