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Savoca obscurata sp. n.  

Savoca obscurata (holotype)

11mm. The forewings are a rich, dark brown with an oblique, diffuse, black shade bisecting the apex, another on the costa antemedially and a third basally; there are fine transverse antemedial and postmedial fasciae consisting of raised black scales; the submarginal is a faint, fine, grey, irregularly zig-zag fascia; there is a diffuse white zone discally and a more clearly defined oblique white bar over the anterior half subbasally. The oblique white bar just mentioned is brown in an otherwise very similar series from Sulawesi. The female genitalia match those of Sulawesi females so it is presumed that Bornean males will have genitalia as in Sulawesi males when obtained: the membrane between the valve elements is narrow as in triangulifera but the saccus is distinctly trilobed, the lobes separated, and the uncus is more sclerotised than in other species, tapering to a point, and longer than the ventral process.

Holotype . SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.) Site 5, January, Camp 4, Mulu, 1780m., 451463, low upper montane forest, Act. by path. BM noctuid slide 11434.

Geographical range. Borneo Sulawesi.

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