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Sauris interruptata Moore  
Remodes interruptata Moore, 1888, Descr. new Indian lepid. Insects Colln Atkinson, p. 270.
Remodes triseriata Moore, 1887, Lep. Ceylon, 3: 485 partim.
Remodes cinerosa Warren, 1894, Novit. zool., 1: 397.
Sauris mirabilis Hampson, 1895, Fauna Br. India, Moths, 3: 411.
Sauris interruptata Moore; Holloway, 1976: 73.

Sauris interruptata

Sauris interruptata

The male has rather elongate wings fasciated with buff, apple green and blackish brown, the latter also slightly longitudinally striate in some specimens. The hindwing is a dull pale brown, distally lobed, with a dark zone just interior to the long central lobe. The hind-tibia bears a large and conspicuous dark grey hair pencil. The female has more normally shaped wings but with a tendency for both transverse fasciation and longitudinal streaking to be heavier. The valve of the male genitalia tapers towards the base, and the abdomen has coremata or hair tufts laterally on most segments.

Taxonomic notes. Heppner & Inoue (1992) listed triseriata as a synonym of interruptata without comment, but the former name is older and therefore would have priority. However, the type series of triseriata is mixed, with the male distinct and the female probably of interruptata. The former should be designated lectotype. There is some variation in the male genitalia, particularly the shape of the socii, over the range of the species.

Geographical range. Sri Lanka, N. E. Himalaya, Ryukyu Is., Taiwan, Burma, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Philippines, and possibly Moluccas and New Guinea (Prout, 1932c).

Habitat preference. Mostly females have been taken in Borneo, from 1700m and 1930m on G. Kinabalu, but a male is recorded from Pulo Laut, a low lying island at the south of Borneo.

Biology. The species has been reared from Cinnamomum (Lauraceae) in the Andamans.

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