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Ophthalmitis rufilauta Prout
Ophthalmodes rufilauta Prout, 1925, Novit. zool., 32: 61.
Ophthalmodes rufilauta Prout; Holloway, 1976: 84.

Ophthalmitis rufilauta

This species is best distinguished by the brown shading between the hindwing antemedial and the discal mark. There is brown suffusion elsewhere particularly in association with the fasciae; the fasciae are rather weakly defined on the forewing. In the male genitalia the valves have three spur-like processes: central, basal; distal, saccular; subcostal, central.

Taxonomic note. Sumatran material has the male genitalia distinct: the saccular process is more distal, longer: the uncus is more robust, the apical portion shorter, blunter; the aedeagus has a massive lateral spine. In the female the sterigma is more complex, more heavily sclerotised. The differences are such as to indicate specific status. Peninsular Malaysian material may be more referable to that from Sumatra.

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. The majority of specimens taken in recent surveys were from lowland rainforest, the highest being a male from 1000m in the lower montane forest zone of G. Mulu and a female from 1200m on G. Kinabalu.

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