Boarmia inconclusa Walker,
1860, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus., 21: 382.
Racotis boarmiaria ab.
sordida Warren, 1896, Novit. zool. 6: 55.
Racotis inconclusa Walker;
Holloway, 1976: 80.
Diagnosis. See the previous species.
Taxonomic notes. R. inconclusa is the most westerly member of a species complex
distinguished by presence in the male genitalia of a blade-like process arising
from the dorsal part of the sacculus and running alongside the valve apex. The
blade is sparsely scobinate. The uncus is entire. The aedeagus vesica is without
a clump of needle-like spines but has a zone of coarse scobination. R.
inconclusa may be distinguished from other members of the group (which it
flies with in Bali and Sulawesi) by the more basally expanded sacculus blade,
and the occurrence of the aedeagus scobination on a distinct, tongue-like lobe.
The digitate process on the sacculus tends to be longer, more slender. Other
members of the group are R. monognampta Prout (Bali, ?Sulawesi), R.
cogens Prout (S. Moluccas; male antennae bipectinate), R. maculata Lucas
(Queensland, New Guinea) and R. submuscaria Pagenstecher (Bismarcks,
Geographical range. Indian Subregion to Sundaland and Sulawesi.
Habitat preference. Though more common in lowland forests, inconclusa occurs
infrequently up to the upper montane zone (1790m on G. Mulu).
Biology. The species was reared by Bell (MS) in India. The larva is stout,
cylindrical, ochreous green in colour, variably patterned much as in R.
boarmiaria with lateral dark patches, a dorsal dark green band and white
lines centring and bordering this dorsal band as well as the lateral one and
three more in between. The host-plants noted were Alseodaphne (Lauraceae)
and Saccopetalum (Annonaceae). Confusion with boarmiaria cannot be
discounted as vouchers have not been located.
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