Type species: herberti sp. n.
This genus is similar in facies to genera referred to under the account
of Polyscia Warren, but lacks the features that would enable it to be
placed in any named genus.
The male antennae are strongly bipectinate, those of the female somewhat
less so. The forewing margin is strongly bowed, the apex slightly falcate, the
costa almost straight. Elements of the facies include fasciae similar to those in
Polyscia but with an angled forewing antemedial in addition.
In the male genitalia the vinculum does not loop exteriorly below the
valve on each side, the furca is asymmetric, long on the left side, vestigial on
the right. Coremata are not present at the base of the valves, which are simple,
narrow. The aedeagus is short, the vesica with five moderate to long cornuti.
Large cornuti are not often present in Hypochrosini. Another exception is Loxotephria
Warren, discussed next, but there coremata are present, the furca is less
asymmetric and the uncus is cleft. The male abdomen in Loxotephria has
distinctive coremata, and the antennae of the male are filiform.
The female genitalia are characterised by a spherical corpus bursa with
a thickened wall. Crossing the whole width of this is a sinuous, puckered band
of sclerotisation, with scobination on the irregular ridges.
Thus Loxomiza can be defined by a combination of characters: deep
forewings with a strongly bowed margin; bipectinate male antennae; strong
cornuti in the aedeagus; extreme reduction of right furca; loss of coremata at
the bases of the valves; ornamentation of the bursa copulatrix.
The genus includes only the type species.
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