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Sarobapilosa sp. n.
Saroba ceylonica Walker sensu Holloway, 1976: 38.



, 18-21mm. The species is similar to S. ceylonica but is larger, a richer brown, the males being distinguished by having a dense carpet of slightly raised scales over most of the forewing (to the submarginal). The postmedial is angled subcostally and also has a component that continues its oblique line to enclose a lens of black and pale blue scales on the costa as in ceylonica, but this is more evident in females, being obscured by the pilosity in males. The male abdomen shares with that of ceylonica weakly bilobed sclerites of the eighth segment, a distally excavate saccus and relatively basal processes to moderately elongate and slender valves. The uncus is straighter in pilosa, and the basal processes to the valves are more complex, the ampullate process shared with ceylonica being accompanied by two shorter triangular ones and a densely setose, squarish one. The tegumen in pilosa has triangular lateral lobes centrally on each side; these are weaker in ceylonica and relatively ventral. The aedeagus apex has two short spines and a few smaller ones, compared with a single rather elongate one.

Holotype . SABAH: Mt Kinabalu, Radio Sabah, 2600m, vii-ix.1965, Cambridge Expedition to Mt. Kinabalu 1965 (H.J. Banks, H.S. Barlow & J.D. Holloway), BM noctuid slide 18344.

Paratypes: 1 general data as holotype but Bundu Tuhan, 1200m; 3, 3 general data as holotype but Park H.Q., 1620m; 2, 2 (slide 18934) general data as holotype but Power Station, 1930m; 1 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.

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. The species is known from G. Kinabalu where it was recorded from 1630m to 2600m, and from G. Mulu where one male was taken at 1000m.

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