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Savara Walker

Type species: contraria Walker, Borneo.

Pseudogonitis Hampson (type species brunnea Moore = latimargo Walker).

The male antennae are bipectinate as in the previous genera, but the forewing distal margin is smoothly curved or slightly angled. The forewings are various shades of deep reddish brown, the fasciae irregularly darker, though with pale bluish or white highlights in some specimens. The reniform is slightly paler than the ground, bilobed. The hindwings are a more uniform dark brown, though with the fringes paler from the tornus to a slight angle on the margin at CuA2 (this feature is also seen very weakly in Falana).

The male abdomen has the eighth sternite broader than the tergite, the anterior margins of both centrally excavate. The genitalia have the scaphium displaced distally on the uncus, apically acute. The valves are more irregular in shape than in
Falana but have a similarly well developed corema. The juxta is also similar, with some resemblance to an inverted ‘V’ structure. The saccus is longer and more broadly excavate. The aedeagus is slender, with a narrow, scobinate vesica as in Falana.

In the female genitalia, the ostium is associated with the eighth segment, and the seventh is unmodified. The ductus is long, narrow, beyond a short and slightly broader, sclerotised basal section; the ductus seminalis attaches just distal to this.

The corpus bursae is ovate to pyriform, with two longitudinal bands of scobination.

The genus is found throughout the Indo-Australian tropics to as far east as the Solomons, and all species are referred to in the accounts following;
amisa Swinhoe is transferred to Arthisma on p. 241.

Berio (1965b) studied and illustrated the genus in relation to a few African taxa with similar build, wing-shape and bipectinate male antennae, but concluded there was no close relationship. The other taxa do not appear to be Scoliopterygini as defined here. He illustrated the male genitalia of anomioides Walker (as contraria) and latimargo Walker (as brunnea).

The type species of
Savara is stated to feed on Rubiaceae and Sterculiaceae by Robinson et al. (2001), but see below.

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