partitistis sp. n.
Lophoptera tripartita Swinhoe
sensu Holloway, 1976: 19.
13-15mm. This species is slightly larger than brunnistis, the
forewings somewhat deeper but of a similar brown colour. The forewing has two
paler transverse zones, one between the antemedial and orbicular and the other
basal to the postmedial, grading away basad; the two pale zones give the insect
the appearance of a small, less intensely marked L. tripartita. In the
male genitalia the valve costa is barely swollen over the basal half and the
uncus is relatively much shorter than in brunnistis, the scrolled apical
portion twice as large; the aedeagus vesica lacks conspicuous scobination. The
female genitalia are similar to those of brunnistis but the post-ostial
invagination is somewhat longer and the setose lateral lobes are spherical.
Holotype . SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat.
Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.) Site 2, January, Camp
4, Mulu, 1790m, 452463, [upper] montane (moss) forest, acl.-understorey, BM
noctuid slide 11411.
Paratypes 1 as holotype but Site 1 [canopy outlook nearly], BM noctuid slide
11412; l SABAH: Mt.
Kinabalu, Power Station, 1930m, vii-ix. 1965 (Banks,
Barlow & Holloway), BM noctuid slide 11403.
Geographical range. Borneo, Java (G. Gedeh, Tengger).
Habitat preference. The species appears to be associated with upper
montane forest and is known from the Poeh Mts in Sarawak as well as from G. Mulu
and G. Kinabalu.
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