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Zamarada baliata Felder & Rogenhofer
Euchloris baliata Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875, Reise öst. Fregatte Novara, Zool, 2(2). p1. 127.
Zamarada translucida Moore, 1887, Lepidoptera of Ceylon 3: 432.
Zamarada baliata Felder; Holloway, 1976: 83.

Zamarada baliata

This and the next two species are very similar externally and are best distinguished on features of the genitalia, though baliata tends to have a reddish tone to the darker shading interior to the fine pale submarginal. Both baliata and scriptifasciata have an excavate area to the ventral portion of the valve, more so in scriptifasciata which is also distinguished by an acutely crested dorsal process. Z .denticulata has a tapering, incurved, spinose ventral portion and a distinct interior flange on the stalk of the dorsal process. In the female genitalia the sterigma is ornamented with a dorsal lobe in all three spines and lateral digitate processes that are apically serrate in the first two. All three processes are longer and narrower in scriptifasciata than in baliata. In denticulata the central process is short, rounded and the lateral ones are broad, irregular and do not extend beyond the central one.

Taxonomic note. Fletcher (1974) noted some variation in the genitalia of this species through its geographical range.

Geographical range. Sundaland.

Habitat preference. In recent surveys the species has been taken once in the lowlands (Ulu Temburong, Brunei), and twice in lower montane forest on G. Mulu (1000), with a record from as high as 1930m on G. Kinabalu.

Biology. A detailed description of the larva was published by Singh (1953), but based on a specimen preserved in spirit so colour details are unreliable. The body is almost cylindrical, the skin finely and densely granulate, as is the head.

The host-plant was Cassia fistula (Leguminosae).

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