pallida sp. n.
Lophoptera sordia ab. bimaculata Warren, 1914, Novit.
zool. 21: 416.
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
Geographical range. N.E. Himalaya, Peninsular Malaysia (H.S. Barlow colln),
Habitat preference. The species has been taken in both lowland and upper
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