mirabilis Roepke comb. n.
Leucopardus mirabilis Roepke,
1943, Natuurhist. Maandbl 32: 50.
Leucopardus tigrinus nigrior Holloway,
Diagnosis. The white wings with a series of dark grey stripes and spots, and the
pale yellow forewing tornus render mirabilis unmistakable.
Taxonomic notes. The taxon nigrior is hereby placed as a subspecies of L.
mirabilis, comb. n. as it shares with mirabilis, rather than tigrinus
Hampson (N.E. Himalaya, Burma): a more angled hindwing postmedial set at a
greater distance from the marginal row of dots; a forewing discal mark that is
closer to the postmedial line rather than to the antemedial; a broader, more
lenticular white band between the forewing submarginal and marginal dark bands,
over the anterior half. The fasciation is more sharply defined and a darker grey
(almost black) than in tigrinus. The Bornean race has the hindwing
postmedial more extensive and more clearly defined.
The family placement is discussed in the generic account.
Geographical range. Java, Peninsular Malaysia; Borneo.
Habitat preference. The species is montane, the two Bornean specimens
being from 1000m on G. Matang, Sarawak, and 1660m on G. Kinabalu.
Biology. The Kinabalu specimen was taken flying by day.
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