View Image Gallery of Subfamily Stictopterinae

Lophoptera pustulifera Walker
Ciasa pustulifera
Walker, 1864, J. Linn. Soc. Lond., Zool. 7: 165.
Stictoptera cerea Swinhoe, 1897, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6), 19: 167.
Stictoptera brunneipennis Holland, 1900, Novit. zool. 7: 564.
Lophoptera pustulifera Walker; Holloway, 1976: 19.

Lophoptera pustulifera

The forewings are rich brown as in species of Diascoides (q.v.) and the markings are also similar, but the oblique medial dark shade is directed to the dorsum side of the tornus rather than to the margin subtornally; the wing is usually somewhat paler basal to this oblique shade. The species is variable, sometimes with dark greyish blotches in the reniform and sub-marginally, sometimes with general dark shading akin to that in L. torrens Warren.

Taxonomic note. Specimens from New Guinea and Gilolo have the hindwing fringes a uniform pale yellow rather than chequered with brown, and can be referred to ssp. cerea Swinhoe stat. n.

Geographical range. N.E. Himalaya, Sundaland, Sulawesi, S. Moluccas; N. Moluccas, New Guinea.

Habitat preference. A single specimen was taken at 1200m on G. Kinabalu and the species was taken infrequently in upper montane forest on G. Mulu. The greatest frequency during the Mulu survey was in the major sample from forest at 250m on the lower slopes of the limestone G. Api. It was also frequent at the kerangas site nearby and in the major sample from alluvial forest at Long Pala where the trap was set up on a limestone outcrop overlooking the canopy.

<<Back >>Forward <<Return to Contents page

Copyright © Southdene Sdn. Bhd. All rights reserved.