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Mudaria minoroides sp. n.

Mudaria minoroides

13-15mm. This species resembles the Sri Lankan M. leprosticta Hampson and the Malaysian and Sumatran M. minor Holloway, but it lacks the small white fleck between the central and apical leprous patches of the second species. It is like a small M. major and is perhaps best distinguished by characters of the male abdomen: the elliptical patches occur on tergites 4-7 and grade from large to small towards the posterior; the uncus is short, apically slightly squared but otherwise broadly elliptical; the harpe has two slender processes, the posterior one much shorter and smaller than the anterior one. In males from Singapore (slide 10369) and Java (slides 10347, 10372), the tergal patches are weak, even in size, the uncus is longer, and the harpe bears a single, central, slender process.

. BRUNEI: 300m, Ulu Temburong, rainforest, 29.4.81 (Lt. Col. M.G. Allen) BM noctuid slide 14282.

Paratypes: 2 BRUNEI: 1618m, Bukit Retak, montane forest, (Allen, Harman) BM noctuid slide 14281; 1 SARAWAK: Gunung Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.), Site 16, March, Long Pala (Base) 70m 24450, Alluv. secondary for MV-on Batu, BM noctuid slide 10357.

Geographical range.

Habitat preference. The limited material is from both lowland and montane forest localities.

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