telisai sp. n.
8mm. In facies this species somewhat resembles M.
(Sri Lanka), in that, in the darker brown, more uniform wings, the pale edging
to some fasciae is more conspicuous than the fasciae themselves, in particular a
straight pale component to the forewing postmedial at the costa. The labial
palps have a prominent dorsal crest of scales. However, the male abdomen is
typical of the genus, whereas in palpalis it
is only weakly modified from the standard frame and coremata type. The genitalia
have a distinctly crested uncus, a rather paddleshaped distal part of the valve
and a simple digitate process at its base, accompanied by a much smaller angular
one. In palpalis
corematous distal part of the valve is small, the rest much larger, with a bifid
distal process and a tongue-like central one; the interior margin of the valve
is strongly produced into a rounded angle.
Holotype . BRUNEI: 15m, Telisai, sandy heath forest and Gymnostoma,
Col. M.G. Allen), BM noctuid slide 18552.
preference. The heath forest is in a well drained area of white sands near
the coast and is dominated by Gymnostoma (Casuarinaceae).
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