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Aphypena violacea sp. n.
, 10mm. The size and forewing shape are as in exhibens, but the colour of the forewing is a more uniform violet grey. There is a black dot just basal to a weakly paler reniform, and distal to this is a fine fawn postmedial, tinged yellowish basad, that extends obliquely distad from the dorsum to half way to the costa, then angles obtusely twice to circumnavigate the reniform and meet the costa obliquely just anterior to it. There is a row of black submarginal flecks in some specimens and a very irregular antemedial fascia. The male abdomen has the eighth segment as in the type species. In the genitalia, the uncus is longer, and the tegumen and vinculum are of approximately equal length. The valves are narrower but the basal ornamentation is more complex and robust, the distal process of the sacculus being longer, curved and having a prominent spine near its base on the interior margin of the sacculus. There is a weak juxta of the inverted ‘Y’ type.


Aphypena violacea

. SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D.Holloway et al.), Site 24, April, W. Melinau Gorge, 270m, 430558, FEG 4, limestone forest, BM noctuid slide 18523.

Paratypes: 1 as holotype but Site 23, 250m; 1Bidi, SARAWAK, 1907-1908 (C.J. Brooks); 1 Pulo Laut, BORNEO, (Doherty), June ’91.

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. This is a rare lowland species. Both specimens taken during the Mulu survey were from dipterocarp forest on limestone.

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