Garella rotundipennis Walker, 1864, J. Linn. Soc. (Zool.), 7:
Holloway, 1976: 21, syn. n.
Diagnosis. This and the next species have a very similar Characoma
type of forewing pattern, distinguished by a double black subbasal band
extending from the costa two-thirds of the way to the dorsum. In
rotundipennis the submarginal is irregularly punctate rather than entire.
See G. scoparioides above; the identity of rotundipennis has now
been established by examination of the holotype (UM, Oxford) as conspecific with
basisuffusa rather than with rufipuncta as in Poole (1989).
Another closely related species is
Swinhoe comb. n. (Burma and N.E. Himalaya, Java, Sulawesi, New Guinea,
Australia) which has more violet grey forewings with a distinctly darker basal
zone and a dark apical patch; the hindwings are whiter basally. Its wide range
suggests it may be found in Borneo also.
Geographical range. Borneo, Java, New Guinea.
Habitat preference. This is an uncommon species found in montane zones from
1000m to 1930m.
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