Chamaita trichopteroides Walker
Chamaita trichopteroides Walker, 1862, J.
Linn. Soc. (Zool.), 6:122.
Chamaita chrysopides van Eecke, 1926, Zool.
Meded. Leiden, 9: 273, syn. n.
(as trichopteroides in Hampson (1900); see
This is a
large, rather lightly marked species, with an evenly curved submarginal row of
spots on the forewing that are closely associated with striae expanding along
the veins to the margin. The male lacks the strong fold in the cell
characteristic of the next species, but the venation is otherwise similar. The
male genitalia have the uncus small, the valves simple but asymmetric as
illustrated. The bursa of the female is elongate and without strong spining.
original description of trichopteroides refers
to a male, but the type (UM, Oxford) proves to be a female (see also Hampson,
1900). Hampson included the taxa neuropteroides
Hampson (N.E. Himalaya) and nudarioides
Butler as synonyms; these are distinct (stat. rev.), and perhaps
closer to the next species.
material is from the lower montane zone, the species being recorded from G. Mulu, G.
Api, G. Dulit and Bukit Retak. It was taken also at 600m in lowland
forest at Poring on the east of G. Kinabalu. It extends weakly down to 500m on
G. Mulu, and was also taken singly in wet heath forest at 150m in the same area.
The original material of trichopteroides is
from Sarawak, probably taken in the lowlands.
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