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Plagiograpta gertae sp. n.


Plagiograpta gertae (holotype)

10mm. The species is slightly smaller but of identical facies to macrodonta. It belongs to a group of three, as mentioned under macrodonta, where there is a pair of coremata in the male abdomen between A5 and A6 (gertae and the New Guinea species, which has a much smaller pair between A4 and A5) or between A4 and A5 (very broad, large in the Sulawesi species). The tegumen shoulders below the uncus are much broader in gertae than macrodonta or the other two corematous species, and the saccular hair pencils arise from two relatively basal but small oblique patches of bases joined by a narrow zone of them along the ventral margin. The genitalia appear to be somewhat more darkly sclerotised than in congeners.

Holotype . MALAYSIA: Sabah, Danum Valley, 170m, 458N 11748E (S.J. Willott), 1 Canopy 1C, Tree Pltfm, DVFC, 22.xi.94, BM noctuid slide 17416.

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. The only specimen was from lowland dipterocarp forest.

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