TRIBE LYMANTRIINI
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Dura Moore

Type species: alba Moore, India to Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra.

The genus was reviewed briefly by Holloway (1982b). The species are mainly white, with a delicate Lymantria-like fasciation on the forewing in bone- colour, buff, grey or black. The hindwing is produced into a blunt angle at vein CuA1.

The male abdomen has tympana and modification, with greater sclerotisation, of the eighth segment, particularly the distal margins. The genitalia have a number of diagnostic features: the tegumen and uncus are variably asymmetric, the former broad, the latter often long, slender. The vinculum is laterally reduced, such that the tegumen articulates almost with the saccus, which is well developed. The valves are robust, usually distally bifid. The aedeagus is narrow or needle-like, with lateral curved processes at its base so that it can resemble a nail or pin.

The female genitalia have the sterigma and lamellae vaginales well developed and sclerotised, diverse in form. The ductus is usually very narrow, the bursa round or ovate, with a central signum, transverse, bicornute, arising from a sclerotised area (alba), or a small, umbonate, scobinate patch (amianta Collenette).

The genus is only moderately diverse in mainland Asia and Sundaland, with more species in Sumatra (five according to Schintlmeister (1994), excluding dasychiroides Rothschild, discussed by Holloway (1982b)) than Borneo: however, there are significant species complexes in both Sulawesi and New Guinea, extending to Australia.

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