abraxoides Walker comb. n.
Nyctemera abraxotides Walker,
1862, J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Zool.), 6: 93.
Nyctemera abraxoides Walker;
Holloway, 1976: 6.
Diagnosis. The hindwing has a very irregular, broken, dark border. The fore-wing
has strong postmedial white bar, and a medial bar, basal streak and submarginal
patches in white are variably present. The abdomen is grey without dark markings
Taxonomic notes. The species is allied to N. selecta Walker, ranging from the
Philippines eastwards to Sulawesi. It varies in the extent of the white areas on
the forewing, material from Kinabalu having this rather reduced compared to the
type material and that from Bidi and the Mulu area.
Geographical range. Borneo.
Habitat preference. On G. Kinabalu abraxoides is common from 1000m
to 2000m and noted infrequently above that. It has been taken in upper montane
forest on Bukit Pagon and Bukit Retak in Brunei, and at all altitudes on G. Api
in the G. Mulu National Park.
The species flies by day and also comes to light at night.
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