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Symmimetis muscosa Turner
Symmimetis muscosa Turner, 1907, Proc. zool. Soc. Lond., 31: 683.

Symmimetis muscosa
(New Guinea)
(x 1.16)

Diagnosis. The forewing postmedials are rather rounded compared to their angular nature in the next two species, but examination of the genitalia is recommended.

Taxonomic notes. The genitalia of the Bornean female match those of specimens from the New Guinea area that resemble the holotype of muscosa (in ANIC, Canberra; examined but not dissected) in facies. A possible male (slide 10781) is too worn to make a useful facies comparison: no male from New Guinea or Australia was available for comparison. The strong spine in the male vesica may engage in the sclerotised spur on the bursa of the female. The type species, cristata, has somewhat similar facies and correspondence between the genitalia of the sexes, but with sufficient differences for the two taxa to be considered distinct, but sister-species.

Geographical range. Queensland, New Guinea, Borneo, ?Bali ( slide 18930).

Habitat preference. The single female was taken at 150m in dipterocarp forest at the foot of G. Mulu, and the male is also from lowland forest, at a boundary bank between alluvial and wet heath forest types.

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