Lyclene pudibunda Snellen
pudibunda Snellen, 1880, in Veth,
Midden-Sumatra, 4(2): 38.
Diagnosis and taxonomic
note. This and the next species have
conspicuously dark forewing fringes as in the cuneigera Walker group that
follows, but are distinguished by the course of the forewing antemedial: more or
less oblique, if irregular, in the cuneigera group but obtusely angled
distad in pudibunda and its relative. Thus, the space between the two
fasciae is a transverse ‘hour-glass’ in the pudibunda pair but narrow
and diverging basad over the dorsal half in the cuneigera group.
Otherwise, the markings of the forewings in the two groups are similar. In the
male genitalia, the pudibunda group has a prominent peniculus with setae
on each side of the tegumen; the valve has the costal process broad, rounded,
and the vesica has three or more cornuti. In the cuneigera group, the
peniculus is weak or absent, the costal process of the valve is vestigial, and
the aedeagus vesica has at most two cornuti, one of which is very large. In the
female, there are more prominent and heavily sclerotised lateral pockets in the cuneigera
group, but the pudibunda pair has a more elongate bursa with a small,
umbonate and scobinate signum near the apex.
In Borneo, pudibunda can
be distinguished from its close relative by the presence of a diffuse, straight
dark band medially on the hindwing; this is absent in typical Sumatran and
Himalayan specimens. Genitalic differences are discussed in the description of
the next species.
Geographical range. Sumatra,
Borneo, N.E. Himalaya.
Habitat preference. The
species is rare but taken in a wide range of habitats: secondary vegetation,
dipterocarp forest and heath forest in the lowlands and lower montane forest at
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