Kunugia suanoides sp. n.
Both sexes have the forewings a rich rufous brown and the hindwings
somewhat duller. The male forewings are narrow compared to those of
species of the purple group but resembling those of the next two species;
the fasciae are obscure, darker, curved just subcostally; the submarginal
consists of a row of dark brown spots that interferes with the exterior
postmedial towards the dorsum; the medial and marginal zones are paler;
the white discal spot is prominent, surrounded by a darker brown
suffusion. The female has all markings much more obscure.
The male genitalia indicate this species to have affinities with the next
two and the Himalayan placida Moore. All four are characterised by
relatively large, long, triangular distal processes to the valves, short,
robust cubile arms and a short aedeagus with a prominent ventral spur
almost at right angles. This species resembles placida and differs from
the other two in having a spined lobe to the aedeagus vesica; the valves
are much narrower however.
300m, Ulu Temburong, rainforest, 20.10.1978 (Lt. Col. M.G. Allen), BM
lasiocampid slide 1028.
30-60mm, Labi, lowland forest, 28.8.1978 (Lt. Col. M. G. Allen) 1
NORTH BORNEO: Sabah, Tawau distr., 500-700ft primary rainforest,
17.x.15.xi. 1973 (C.J.H. Pruett).
Geographical range. Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra.
Habitat preference. All specimens have been taken in lowland rainforest.
In addition to the localities listed, a male was taken at 150m on G. Mulu.
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