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Diascoides pallida sp. n.
Lophoptera sordia ab. bimaculata Warren, 1914, Novit. zool. 21: 416.

Diascoides pallida

12-13mm. This species resembles ferruginea except the forewings are pale yellowish fawn in ground colour, the hindwings also a paler brown with fringes that are uniformly pale rather than chequered. Some specimens have black discal and postdiscal spots on the forewing. In the male genitalia the uncus bifurcations are more splayed, the gnathus has an unusual distal plate, and the valves are more finely setose with a broad, basal lobe on the costa and a narrower, more protrusive distal one with a fringe of broader, hooked setae.

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, alluv./secondary for., MV on batu - canopy, BM noctuid slide 10634.

Paratypes: 2 as holotype; 1 BRUNEI, 1618m, Bukit Retak, 14.1.71, BM noctuid slide 11387.

Geographical range. N.E. Himalaya, Peninsular Malaysia (H.S. Barlow colln), Borneo.

Habitat preference. The species has been taken in both lowland and upper montane forest.

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