Metallolophia variegata sp. n.
16-17mm. This and the next species are smaller than congeners,
distinctively ashy grey. The pale grey ground colour in variegata is
strongly marked with black fasciae and discal rings, but has only a light
general irroration of black scales, this mostly restricted to the dorsal half of
the medial zone of the hindwing. The underside is medium to pale grey with
faintly darker ghosts of the upperside fasciation except for the discal and
basal marks of the forewing mentioned in the generic introduction. The male
genitalia have the central process of the valve relatively small. The saccular
process is blade-like, with the dorsal edge invested with small, distally
Holotype . SARAWAK:
Gunung Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.) Site 25,
April, G. Api, 900m, 427550, lower montane forest, BM geometrid slide 10598.
Paratypes: 2 as
general data as holotype but Site 23 and Site 24 (W. Melinau Gorge, 250m and
270m, FEG4, forest on limestone) and Site 14 (Camp 2.5, 1000m, Mulu, lower
Geographical range. Borneo.
Habitat preference. Most records are from lower montane forest on G. Mulu
or G. Api, but specimens were taken at lower elevations on the limestone of the
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