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Raphiscopa medialis sp. n.
     Lithilaria invenusta Swinhoe sensu Holloway, 1976: 40; see taxonomic note for the next species.

Raphiscopa medialis
Figure 113

15-18mm. This and the next species have somewhat different fasciation to other congeners in that it is more finely crenulate, and the postmedial of the forewing is more oblique. Both have, in the male, a flap on the underside of the forewing costa. In medialis the wings are a medium to dark greyish brown, with the forewing reniform represented only by a dark lunulate component. There is a diffusely darker medial band just basal to it and distal to a small orbicular, itself distal to the antemedial. The hindwing fasciae are also more conspicuous and crenulate. The labial palps are not as strongly recurved or tufted as in undulata and serrata. The male genitalia have the valves simple, tapering as in mulundulata, but they are somewhat deeper and shorter, with the ventral marginal angle just more basal to that of the costa, and in a more central position; those on the right valve are somewhat more developed than those on the left, though there is some variability. The aedeagus vesica is relatively large for the genus and finely scobinate throughout, the scobination stronger over the distal lobe.

Holotype . SABAH: Mt Kinabalu, Mesilau, 1500m, vii-ix.1965, Cambridge Expedition to Mt. Kinabalu 1965 (H.J. Banks, H.S. Barlow & J.D. Holloway), BM noctuid slide 19494.

Paratypes: 1 (slide 9450) as holotype; 1 Kina Balu (A. Everett); 1 (slide 19442) SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.), Site 24, April, W. Melinau Gorge, 270m, 430658, FEG 4, limestone forest.

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. The species occurs in montane forest, but has also been taken in lowland dipterocarp forest on limestone.

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