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Nirmides purpurea sp. n

Nirmides purpurea (paratype)

10mm. The forewing facies is similar to that of basalis except the forewing basal to the submarginal is a uniform purplish grey with no yellow. The hindwing also lacks the fawn-yellow zone along the dorsum. The forewing submarginal has the anterior distal angle as prominent as the central one rather than less so. In the male genitalia the processes of the eighth sternite are only half as long as in basalis, the saccus is broader, the bifid uncus prominent rather than vestigial, and the socii broadest subapically rather than tapering.

Holotype Rampayoh, 125 metres, BRUNEI, 2.iii.1982 (T.W. Harman) BM limacodid slide 865.

Paratype. 1 Primary forest, SABAH: Poring, 1800ft, E. of Mt Kinabalu, 20-23.i.1976, (E.W. Classey); 1 Ulu Temburong Expedition 1978, BRUNEI, base camp, 300m, 10.x.1978 (T.W. Harman); 2 SARAWAK, Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.), Site 8, February, Camp 1, Mulu, 150m, 384470, mixed dipt. for.

Geographical range. Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia.

Habitat preference. All Bornean material is from lowland rainforest. The two specimens from Peninsular Malaysia were from about 700m in the Genting Highlands.

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