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Savara pallidapex sp. n. 
Savara contraria Walker sensu Holloway, 1976: 37, partim, fig 226.

Savara pallidapex

Savara pallidapex

16-18mm, 16-19mm. The male is very similar to that of anomioides and the next species, but subapical marks on the underside (and more faintly on the upperside) of the forewing, if present, are predominantly white. These are much more prominent in the female, which also has extensive fine white highlights throughout the postmedial on the upperside, and more faintly over the antemedial; such white markings are also seen in pratti Bethune-Baker (New Guinea, S. Moluccas) stat. rev. where there is often a more definite white line where the postmedial meets the costa. The fine postmedial fasciae of the underside are pale and linear as in anomioides. In the male abdomen, as indicated under the previous species, the aedeagus is relatively shorter and broader, the apex of the valve lacks any subsidiary lobes (in pratti (slides 16271, 19346) such a lobe is present, twice as long as in anomioides but no broader), and the anterior margin of the eighth sternite is much more shallowly bilobed. The female has the base of the ductus bursae distinctly broader than the rest, but there is no scobination immediately distal to it. The ductus in entirety is shorter than in anomioides, and the two scobinate bands in the corpus bursae are both unbroken and more or less equal in length. In pratti, the broad basal section of the ductus extends to the junction of the ductus seminalis, tapering to it, and the more distal section is shorter and broader than in pallidapex.

Holotype . SABAH: Ulu Dusun, 19.5.1973 (K.M. Guichard), BM noctuid slide 10767.

Paratypes (only material in good condition or dissected is included): 1 (slide 10772), 1 SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D.Holloway et al.), Site 8, February, Camp 1, Mulu, 150m, 385470, mixed dipt. for.; 1 SARAWAK as above but Site 3, January, Camp 4, Mulu, 1780m. 453463 [upper] montane forest; 1 (slide 10774) SARAWAK as above but Site 27, April, G. Api, 1500m. Pandanus Camp, 429541, scrub, Pandanus; 4 Dutch West BORNEO, 85 miles above Pontianak (Simons et Meligan (Sanggan)) ex Janson, April 1909; 1 (slide 9417) SABAH: Mt Kinabalu, Power Station, 1930m, vii-ix.1965, Cambridge Expedition to Mt. Kinabalu 1965 (H.J. Banks, H.S. Barlow & J.D. Holloway); 1 (slide 19184) SABAH: Kretam, 25.x-8.xi.1950 (J.D.H. Hedley).

Geographical range. Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, N.E. Himalaya (slide 19350), New Guinea (USNM slides 93190 and 95544).

Habitat preference. The altitude range and types of forest frequented are similar to those for anomioides.

Biology. The species has been reared in New Guinea from Trichospermum pleiostigma (Malvaceae; Miller et al., unpublished).

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