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Altha nivea Walker  
Altha nivea Walker, 1862, J. Linn. Soc. Zool. 6:173.
    Altha nivea Walker; Hering, 1931: 680, Holloway, 1976: 90, 1982a: 182.

Altha nivea

See Altha Walker. The male genitalia were illustrated by Holloway (1976: fig. 709).

Taxonomic notes. This species and its allies were reviewed by Holloway (1982a). The mainland Asian component of the range given by Holloway (1976) is represented mainly by A. subnotata Walker, previously placed as a synonym of nivea.

Geographical range. Borneo; Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java (ssp. pura Snellen).

Habitat preference. The species was taken infrequently between 1000m and 2000m on G. Kinabalu, in lower and upper montane forest on the limestone G. Api during the Mulu survey, and in upper montane forest on Bukit Retak in Brunei. The only lowland specimen seen is a putative female from coastal forest at sea-level near Seria, Brunei.

Biology. The life history of this and the next species may be akin to that of the relative of melanopsis Strand described in the generic account. One of the two Javan species (nivea and purina Holloway) has been reared from tea (Camellia, Theaceae) (Browne 1968).

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