The facies is similar to that of “E." cretacea Hampson (Sikkim) and “E.”
nigrifrons Moore (N.E. Himalaya) in the rather rectangular, powdery bone-coloured
forewings, concolorous hindwings and dark greyish frons to the head, but the
male genitalia are distinctive. The uncus is very robust, setose (sharply hooked
downwards in cretacea, the tegumen massive, and rather digitate in nigrifrons),
the valves ovate with a bifid saccular process just beyond the centre of the
ventral margin (entire, tongue-like valves in cretacea, more narrow in nigrifrons
with a more typical saccular process). The aedeagus vesica is broad,
elongate, rather twisted, scobinate, with a few slender spines distally (small,
unornamented in cretacea, with several diverticula with cornuti and
spines in nigrifrons).
Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.), Site
14, February, Camp 2.5, Mulu, 1000m. 413461, lower montane for., BM arctiid
Paratypes: 3 (slide 2642) general data as holotype but Site 25, April,
G. Api, 900m.
427550, lower montane forest; 1 (slide 5377) Bukit
Retak, LP 238,
1465 metres, BRUNEI, 18.x.1981 (T. W Harman); 1 MALAYSIA:
Sabah: 1km S. of Kundasang, el. 1530m. 24 Aug. 1983 (G.F. Hevel & W.E. Steiner), in
Habitat preference. This
is a rare species of lower montane forest.
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