pseudolatana sp. n.
6-7mm. Externally, this
species appears indistinguishable from latana, which is found in Sri
Lanka and Sumatra. The male genitalia differ, however, having more evenly curved
and slender saccular processes to the valves and a distally scobinate, rather
than immaculate, aedeagus vesica that also has a more basal tuft of needle-like
spines. Only dissected specimens are included as paratypes, as one damaged
specimen (slide 2674) proved to have an immaculate aedeagus vesica.
Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.), Site
8, February, Camp 1, Mulu, 150m, 385470, mixed dipt. for., BM arctiid slide
(slides 4947, 5455) as holotype but Site 23, April, W. Melinau Gorge, 250m.
430558, FEG 4, limestone forest; 1 (slide 5457) as holotype but Site 7, January,
Long Pala (Base), 50m. 324450, alluv./secondary forest; 1 (slide 5456) as
holotype but Site 18, March, W. Melinau Gorge, 100m. 428563, alluvial forest
& riverside veg.
Habitat preference. This
is a widespread but not particularly common lowland forest species. During the
Mulu survey it was more frequent in alluvial forest.
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