“Eilema” monochroa Turner stat. rev.
Aedoea monochroa Turner, 1899 Trans. R. Soc. S.
Australia, 23: 10.
Eilema (?) decreta ab.
1922, Lep. Cat., 26: 549, syn. n.
(holotype of pulolautensis)
is similar to that of decreta, but the
forewing is a much paler yellow, slightly shorter and broader, with the cell
extending to about three-quarters rather than two-thirds. R1 is strongly curved,
and M1 is stalked with R3-5 rather than connate. The genitalia have the valve
rather tongue-like as in decreta, but
the apex is not serrate and the saccular process consists of two slender
processes rather than one, each with small appressed spines over much of their
length, but one has a lateral process more or less at right-angles as in decreta. The aedeagus is short, without the apical spines seen in decreta.
male genitalia of pulolautensis, based
on the specimen referred to by Hampson (1900) as an ab. of decreta,
match those illustrated for monochroa in
Birket-Smith (1965). They are distinct from those of decreta
as indicated above. It is possible that both species should be separated
from Eilema in Aedoea, for
which monochroa is the type species,
as in Nielsen et al. (1996).
only specimen is from Pulo Laut, a low-lying island at the south-east of Borneo.
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