Phalaena caudata Fabricius, 1781, Spec. Insect., 2: 253.
Phalaena fasciata Cramer, 1777, Uitl. Kapellen., 2:12,
Micronia obtusata Guenée, 1857, Hist. nat. Insectes, Spec.
Gen. Lep., 10: 26.
Diagnosis. The general appearance is much as in Pseudomicronia Moore, but
the fasciation is somewhat darker. Fasciae are more numerous subbasally on the
forewing. The hindwing postmedial is double rather than single, and there are
two or three black spots posterior to the tail rather than just one.
Taxonomic notes. In the Moluccas, New Guinea and N. Australia there is a sister-species,
S. directaria Walker, with fewer fasciae and some differences in the male
genitalia. The original illustration of obtusata appears to be of caudata
despite Guenée's assertion to the contrary.
Geographical range. Indian Subregion to Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo and
Habitat preference. The species is rare in Borneo. The two specimens
taken in recent surveys were both from lowland forest: west of the Melinau Gorge
during the Mulu survey; in forest understorey near the Danum Valley Field Centre,
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