obesata Felder & Rogenhofer
Eumelea obesata Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875, Reise öst.
Fregatte Novara 2: pl. 127.
Eumelea obesata form corpulenta Thierry-Mieg, 1899, Ann.
Soc. ent. Belg. 43: 21.
Eumelea obesata griseabasalis Holloway;
Diagnosis. The bright yellow wings, marked irregularly with dark striae, that are
totally confluent in an irregular, broad 'U' on the forewing dorsum and over
the basal two thirds of the hindwing, distinguish this species.
Taxonomic notes. Dissection of the holotype male yielded bizarre, elongate genitalia that
are totally different from those of other Eumelea species. There is a
possibility that an alien abdomen has been glued to this specimen. The grey
suffusion is more extensive in Bornean material, especially at the base of the
Geographical range. Philippines; Borneo (ssp. griseabasalis).
Habitat preference. All Bornean material is from G. Kinabalu, taken
between 1620m and 1760m. In addition to the type series, two further females
have been seen in the U.S. National Museum.
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