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Crithote pallivaga sp. n.
15-17mm, 16mm. As indicated above, this species is very similar to horridipes in facies but is distinguished by a conspicuously paler, double, sinuous, ripple mark in the distal black zone of the forewing in both sexes. In the male there is a second, anteriorly convergent pair arising medially from the costa. These markings are faintly evident also in horridipes. The male genitalia provide the best diagnosis, having the uncus with a dorsal peak at two thirds; the valve is narrower and more elongate, apically rounded rather than falcate, and with the triangular process near the centre of the costa smaller and set more distally.

Crithote pallivaga 

Crithote pallivaga


Himalayan and Chinese material, though resembling horridipes in facies, has male genitalia identical to those of typical pallivaga.

Holotype . SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D.Holloway et al.), Site 14, February, Camp 2.5, Mulu, 1000m. 413461, lower montane for., BM noctuid slide 10489.

Paratypes: 2 (one with head missing) BRUNEI: 300m, Ulu Temburong, 19 Oct. ’78 and 30 June ’79 (Lt. Col. M.G. Allen); 1 general data as holotype but Site 11, February, Camp 1, Mulu, 150m. 385470, mixed dipt. f. / river.

Geographical range. Borneo, Sumatra (slide 10488); Thailand (VK), N.E. Himalaya (slide 10487), S. China.

Habitat preference. Three specimens are from lowland dipterocarp forest but the holotype is from lower montane forest at 1000m.

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