Dirades conifera Moore, sensu Holloway, 1976: 88.
9-10mm, 10mm. This is a species of the P. conifera Moore
comb. n. facies type, with a strong triangular dark patch on the forewing dorsum
medially, and the anterior part of the postmedial is displaced more towards the
apex, running obliquely across it before curving back to the dorsum. The
antemedial runs parallel to it from the costa to the apex of the dark triangle.
The male hindwing has the postmedial more or less linear or slightly curved,
whereas it is angled in the female: this situation is much as in mutans. The
new species is a darker, blackish grey brown than conifera or P.
leucocera Hampson comb. n. and lacks the purplish tinge seen in those
species in the zone basal to the hindwing postmedial. The hindwing postmedial is
finely pale with darker edging basad. The dorsal scent pencil in the male is
straw-coloured, well developed. The male genitalia are characterised by a
concentration of setae in an arcuate zone across the apex of the valve: in leucocera
and conifera they are more evenly distributed. The female genitalia
have a colliculum (scrolling) at the base of the ductus and a signum with robust
spines radiating from a relatively small central base.
SABAH: Mt Kinabalu, Park H.Q., 1620m, vii-ix. 1965, Cambridge
Expedition to Mt Kinabalu 1965 (H.J. Banks, H.S. Barlow & J.D. Holloway);
BM uraniid slide 302.
(slide 78), 1 (slide
450) as holotype but Lycaenid Cut,
Geographical range. Borneo.
Habitat preference. All material is from upper montane forest on G.
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