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Bagada api sp. n.

Bagada api


17-19mm. The facies is intermediate between that of females of malayica and that of the next species. The forewing patterning is somewhat as in malayica and the coloration as in labi, though more washed out and without the pale highlighting of the stigmata. The border of the dorsum, triangle is complete as a diffuse, dark line running from apex to tornus, with the dark brown square between reniform and postmedial diagnostically prominent. The violet dorsal margin is narrower than in labi. The postmedial of the hindwing underside is partially straight as in malayica rather than more evenly curved as in labi.

In the male genitalia the harpe is asymmetric as in malayica but very much shorter; the valve sclerotisation is not restricted to the costa but occurs broadly over the lamina; the apical part of the valve is much narrower than in malayica. The female genitalia resemble those of malayica in having no sclerotisation in the bursa or ductus, with the latter elongate, grading gently into the bursa such that the appendix bursa and ductus seminalis appear to arise from it. The bulbous part of the bursa is broader, shorter in api, with the corrugations diagnostically transverse.

Holotype . SARAWAK: Gunung Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.), Site 25, April, G. Api, 900m, 427550, lower montane forest, BM noctuid slide 14290.

Paratypes: 1 general data as holotype but Site 23, W. Melinau Gorge 250m 430558, FEG4, limestone forest; 1 B.N. BORNEO: Kretam 19.vii.1950 (J.D.H. Hedley) BM 1950-417, BM noctuid slide 14288.

Geographical range. Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia.

Habitat preference. Two out of three specimens were taken from forest on limestone.

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