transvestita sp. n.
20mm. The forewing facies is similar to that of females of
species such as fuscicorpus Hampson (India)
and gastropachoides Guenée (Java, Bali)
where the male has a significant area of dense, raised scales that obscure the
white discal spot and other markings. An intermediate condition is seen in hirtisquama Hampson (Timor) where the markings are evident and the raised
scaling is restricted to a small subapical patch. It lacks the relatively
strong hindwing fasciation seen in the somewhat blacker rufipalpis Walker (Sri Lanka) and
phaeosoma Hampson (S. India): in these also the forewing postmedial is less
strongly angled and more distant from the discal white spot. The male
genitalia, compared to gastropachoides, have the uncus massively
broadened and flexed downwards; the valves are relatively narrow, less splayed
out, and with a more robust and distally directed saccular process. In hirtisquama the uncus is as
the valves are more elongate than in the new species; the latter have a small
but distinctive lobe at two thirds on the ventral margin.
(holotype; in FRC, Sepilok)
Holotype . MALAYSIA, SABAH:
Brumas, ex light-trap at Paraserianthes
falcataria Plantation (Chey, V.K.) 10.xi.1991. In FRC, Sepilok.
Geographical range. Borneo.
Habitat preference. The only specimen is from a
softwood (Paraserianthes) plantation at approximately 230m in the
lowlands of Sabah, recorded by Chey (1994) as C.
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