apicalis Walker comb. n.
Mosara apicalis Walker, 1855, List specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. 5:1032.
Plusia inaperta Walker, 1864, J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Zool) 7:70.
Anophia lateralis Walker, 1865, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln. Br. Mus. 33:
antennae are much more strongly bipectinate than in any other Oriental Callopistria.
The forewing is a dark, dull brown with obscure markings except for a fine,
angular, pale submarginal distal to which is a row of irregularly sized, black,
sagittate marks, strongest near the apex. The basal part of the forewing is
darker, and the reniform is edged finely paler distally. The hindwings are dull
brown with the basal third pale brown or whitish, paler in the female. The male
hindwing is distorted by a hollowing of the underside over the dorsal half which
is paler and contains scent scales, bounded anteriorly by a ridge of dark
scales. The facies is not typical of the genus but the male genitalia show
features such as: loss of harpe; slight swelling of the uncus, with a weak
apical hook; fusion of the transtillae into a bridge dorsally to the anellus;
elaboration of the sacculus, though into a uniquely multilobed, almost
corematous structure, and with independent interior processes that lie along the
vinculum towards the saccus. The aedeagus lacks the restriction of
sclerotisation shown by most Callopistria, has a small vesica, but a
complexity of apical spining. Both the seventh and eighth male abdominal
sternites are strongly modified (Figs. 257, 258), but with no clear parallels
with other taxa. The female genitalia are not inconsistent with placement in Callopistria
but offer no distinctive features.
notes. The species typifies the genus Mosara Walker. The hindwing
venation is quadrifine as in Callopistria. The features noted above
indicate that the species might be a divergent, early branch of Callopistria,
hence Mosara is brought into synonymy.
range. Indian Subregion to Sundaland, Philippines.
preference. The ecology is unknown; one specimen is from the 'foot of Mt.
Dulit'. Probably it is from forest habitats.
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