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Lophoptera submarginata sp. n.

Lophoptera submarginata

10-11mm. The forewings are rather narrow, apically produced, medium dark brown with dark fasciation and stigmata; the most conspicuous feature is a diagnostic pale submarginal band, straight, parallel to the margin. The hindwings have the basal half paler than the border, though the difference in tone is variable. The male genitalia are similar to those of pallibasis and allies. The female genitalia have a post-ostial invagination, no lateral lobes, and the apophyses of the 8th segment are short and apically expanded as in pallibasis.

Holotype . SARAWAK, Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.), Site 14, February, Camp 2.5, Mulu, 1000m, 413461, lower montane forest, MV-canopy/understorey, BM noctuid slide 10639.

Paratypes. 30 examples, general data as holotype, various localities, BM noctuid slides 10640 (), 11684 ().

Geographical range. S. Burma, Borneo, Sulawesi, ?Buru.

Habitat preference. The species was frequent in lower and upper montane forest samples from G. Mulu but rare on the transect of G. Api. It was taken singly in the kerangas and four specimens were taken at the Long Pala canopy outlook site. There is a further specimen in the BMNH from G. Murud, Sarawak. It would thus appear to be a predominantly montane species.

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