Pelagodes spiniseparati sp. n.
14-15mm. When fresh,
this species is a slightly paler, bluer green than those discussed above, with
the fasciae clearly defined. The features of the male abdomen set the species
apart from preceding ones and indicate it to be closely related to a group of
taxa that includes P. viridicaput Warren stat. rev. & comb. n. (Sulawesi,
?Sri Lanka (slide 8676)), P. rubellifrons Warren comb. n. (New Guinea)
and P. subviridis Warren comb. n. (Christmas I., Indian Ocean). These
share the paddle-shaped valves with a spined dorsal edge to the paddle;
prominent scobinate horns to the juxta; a robust and slender pair of spinous
processes near the centre of the margin of the eighth sternite. In spiniseparati
the pairs of spines are well separated, the left members and the right
members of each being associated. In all the other taxa all four are closer
together, the slender ones set together closely, sometimes fused, flanked by the
Holotype SARAWAK: Gunung Mulu
Nat. Park, R.G.S Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.) Site 15, February,
Camp 2.5, Mulu, 1000m, 413461, lower montane forest, BM geometrid slide
1 as holotype, slide 10692.
Geographical range. Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo.
Habitat preference. All three specimens taken during the Mulu survey were from lower
montane forest at 1000m.
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