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Lophoptera squammilinea sp. n.  

Lophoptera squammilinea

18-19mm. The forewing has a distinctive white line as in lineigera, but more extensive greyish markings grading away posterior to this. The male genitalia are distinctive, the processes on the valves, especially the costal one, being very reduced compared to those in other species. In the female genitalia the setose lateral lobes are rounded-rectangular rather than ovate, broadly concave towards the exterior, and with the short, blunt setae much coarser than in lineigera.

Holotype . Khasia Hills, ASSAM (Rev. W.A. Hamilton) 1883, BM noctuid slide 11292.

Paratype . Cherrapunji, December 1893, BM noctuid slide 11299.

Geographical range. N.E. Himalaya. Females from Borneo and Sumatra have similar genitalia but males are needed for confirmation.

Habitat preference. The Bornean females were taken at the same locality as L. olivascens at 1200m on G. Kinabalu.

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