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Lophoptera obscurapex sp. n.

Lophoptera obscurapex

11-12mm. The species is smaller than punctapex (average 15mm) with the forewings dark vinous brown rather than indigo; the subapical spot is not yellow, merely obscurely paler than the ground; there is a paler zone over the basal part of the wing of sinuous form as in the grey cloud of the punctapex rare form, which has a small darker spot in its posterior excavation; the reniform is more excavate distally than in punctapex, and the submarginal is not whitish but pale vinous brown, following a zig-zag course anterior to the subapical patch rather than being more or less straight. The male genitalia are as in punctapex.

Holotype . SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.) Site 16, March, Long Pala (Base), 70m, 324450, Alluvial/secondary forest, MV-on batu-canopy.

Paratypes. 2 as holotype, BM noctuid slide 10650.
    There are also three specimens from Bidi, Sarawak.

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference.
This is probably a species of lowland rainforest.

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