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Aemene micromesozona sp. n.


Aemene micromesozona
(paratype) (x 1.73)


7mm. This is the smallest of the three white species in Borneo, with a neat, rather squared postmedial and a distinctive broad antemedial bar that is generally shaded blackish. The hindwings are pale grey. The male antennae are ciliate. The genitalia have the valves narrow, tapering, the costal thickening running to the end where it is acute. The saccular process is also prominent, digitate. The aedeagus vesica has a very coarsely scobinate lobe. The Himalayan A. mesozonata Hampson has similar genitalia but the valve apex is more produced, the saccular process smaller and much more slender, and the scobinate lobe of the aedeagus is less well defined with a lot of the scobination finer; the moth itself is slightly larger, with the outermost line of the antemedial converging with the innermost one of the postmedial, rather than staying well separate.

Holotype .MALAYSIA: Sabah, Danum Valley, 170m, 458N, 11748E (S.J. Willott), 1 understorey, Obs. Platform DVFC, 19.x. 1993, BM arctiid slide 4989.

Paratypes:1 as holotype but 1 understorey, 1U, Obs. Tower, DVFC, 29.iii.94; 1 (slide 5020) SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.), Site 11, February, Camp 1, Mulu, 150m, 385470, mixed dipt. for.; 1 (slide 5241) SARAWAK: as above but Site 10, 160m, 386470; l (slide 4760) SARAWAK: as above but Site 17, March, Nr. Long Melinau, 50m, 313441, low secondary f. on river bank.

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. All material is from lowland dipterocarp forest.

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