sexpuncta Rothschild comb. n.
Eressa sexpuncta Rothschild, 1912, Novit. zool., 19:
Eressa sexpuncta Rothschild, 1912; Seitz, 1912-1913: 85.
Diagnosis. The taxon resembles a small Amata species but has only a single
pale patch posterior to forewing vein CuA2. The abdomen is ringed basally and at
two-thirds with yellow as in the A. elisa group.
Taxonomic notes. This and the next species share features of facies, strong bipectination
of the male antennae and male genitalia (slender, apically setose valves; a
single large cornutus in the vesica). They have reduced forewing spotting
posterior to vein CuA2 and an uncus shape as in Caeneressa and are
hence tentatively associated with that genus, but differ in having forewing
veins M2 and M3 stalked. In the female genitalia the bursa has one very long
signum opposed by one that is one-third the length.
Geographical range. Borneo.
Habitat preference. The species is rare, taken only in lowland forest,
coming to light at night.
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