Tasta reflexoides sp. n.
12-13mm. The species resembles T. reflexa Swinhoe (N.E.
Sumatra) in general facies, lacking the discal mark of the previous species and
having the ocellus almost round, but the forewing postmedial is less sinuous
than in reflexa. The male genitalia show distinct differences from those
of reflexa and chalybeata, though sharing posession of a central
cornutus to the aedeagus vesica. This cornutus is accompanied by a pair of very
slender ones. The valve is apically rounded, basally slender, with a shallow arc
of six to seven digitate processes near the ventral margin extending from the
centre to three quarters.
Holotype . SARAWAK:
Gunung Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.) Site
14, February, Camp 2.5, Mulu, 1000m, 413461, [lower montane forest], BM
geometrid slide 10548.
Paratypes (all the same general data as holotype): 1 as
holotype; 3 (slide 10546)
Site 8, February, Camp 1, Mulu, 150m, 385470, mixed dipt. for.; 2 (slide 11681,
venation) 1 Site 23, April, W. Melinau Gorge, 250m. 430558, FEG 4, limestone
forest; 1 Site 20, April, W. Melinau Gorge, 150m, 422577, FEG 3,
Geographical range. Borneo.
Habitat preference. The species is found in a variety of lowland forest
types and also in lower montane forest.
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