Miscellaneous Genera III
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Tochara Moore Gen. rev.

Type species: obliqua Moore = creberrima Walker.

This genus resembles Hypospila in general facies as discussed under that genus, differing in features such as the long, bipectinate male antennae, a longer third segment of the labial palps and possession of a distinctive dark spot submarginally, anteriorly on the hindwing. Both genera have a prominent peak of scales at the front of the head above the naked area of the clypeofrons.

The male eighth segment is of the framed corematous type, with a well-developed, single corema centrally in the sternite. The genitalia have the uncus simple, not strikingly modified. The valves are broadly based, tongue-like, with a massive process arising near the base of the costa, its base extending across towards the apex of the sacculus. The juxta is a narrow plate, or almost vestigial, but there is a prominent transtilla associated with the anellus. This transtilla is more developed than in Hypospila. The aedeagus has small apical spine. The vesica is small, not convolute, without conspicuous ornamentation.

In the female, as in
Hypospila, there is a small U-shaped sclerite ventrally on eighth segment, posterior to the ostium which is situated at the posterior of the seventh segment. The seventh segment has the sternite slightly reduced and trapezoidal, with the posterior corners of the tergite extended and wrapped round. The ductus is strongly sclerotised, moderately broad, tapering slightly to a constriction at the juction with the small, slightly 8-shaped corpus bursae. The ductus seminalis arises from near the central constriction of the corpus bursae.

Tochara is probably the sister-genus to Hypospila and contains the two species described below.

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