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Feliniopsis Roepke

Type species; incerta Roepke, Sulawesi.

Synonym : Eutamsia Fletcher, (type species indistans Guenee, India) syn. n.

This genus provides an older name for those Indo-Australian species usually associated with Eutamsia Fletcher (e.g. Holloway, 1976, 1979), a genus originally erected to include also a group of African taxa. This synonymy was pointed out to the author by Mr M.P. Clifton whilst he was studying the African species. His dissections of specimens from the Indo-Australian tropics indicate that many more species await description.

Most species have rather broad, brown forewings with white or pale markings in the reniform and a dark, quadrate patch at one third, centrally in the medial zone of the wing. In many species there occur forms with and without the white reniform patches.

Diagnostic features of the male genitalia are: connection of the uncus to the tegumen by both a central column and by lateral ribbon-like sclerotisations; development of the cucullus into a massive structure of over half the area of the valves ornamented apically by a zone of heavy spines of variable development; the harpe is massive, curved; the valve costa is not distinguished markedly from the sacculus and does not bear a process interacting with the harpe; the aedeagus vesica has a basal spined strip of sclerotisation and small lobes more distally that bear fine spines. Trifine hair pencils are present at the base of the abdomen; the eighth sternite has lateral rods.

In the female genitalia the bursa lacks signa but usually has some general scobination; the appendix bursae is weak or absent; the ductus bursae has a basal ring of sclerotisation (New Caledonian and New Britain taxa).

Bell (MS) reared a species of Feliniopsis in India. The larva is typical of the trifine Noctuidae in shape, with segment A8 slightly tumid or humped. The head is reddish brown. The body is smooth, with primary setae only; they are minutely ringed white. It is greenish black, tinged grey dorsally (minute white dots) on either side of an interrupted dorsal white line that is reduced to a large white spot at the anterior of Al and A2 but is absent from the thoracic segments. There is another large white spot on A8. There is a similar double white spiracular to subspiracular line that is edged or centred with orange in places.

The larva rests on the underside of the leaf close to the ground, coming out to feed on tender leaves. Pupation is in a silk-lined chamber in the soil, or on the surface in a cell incorporating soil particles.

The host-plants are Adhatoda and other Acanthaceae.

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