species: varipes Walker, Peninsular Malaysia.
Synoym: Dabarita Walker (type species
subtilis Walker, India = angulata Fabricius).
the next six genera
represent the Carea complex of
Holloway (1976), reviewed in more detail by Kobes (1997), who segregated the
taxa into more precisely defined genera. His system is mostly followed here,
though with the addition of Arrhapa Walker and the inclusion of
Lasionotella Warren within the concept of
shares with the
next two genera a finely double,
transverse (females only in Chora) or gently curved forewing postmedial.
This intersects the tornus and cuts off a marginal zone that is often paler than
the rest of the wing. The antemedial is single, much less distinct, and strongly
oblique. The margin is usually strongly convex in these genera, though the
Fabricius complex has it distinctly bifalcate. The forewing colour is usually
dull shades of red, orange or rufous brown, sometimes with a vinous tint. The
costa of the male valve has a lobe or zone with a dense mass of small deciduous
the male abdomen the eighth tergite has its basal margin narrowly cleft, the
cleft margins thickened and having a series of 5-6 longitudinal grooves on each
side; the sternite has a much broader cleft. In the genitalia the uncus is
narrow, straight, flanked on each side by projections of the tegumen (weak in
the angulata group). The tegumen is elongate, ventrally expanded,
overlapping its complex articulation with the vinculum. The valve is elongate,
with a lobe on its costal margin bearing a dense brush of ventrally directed
setae. The saccus is distinctly square, with a short central protrusion (weaker
in the angulata group). The aedeagus vesica is globular, with a cluster
of large but slender spines.
The female has a short, slender, unsclerotised ductus, a pyriform bursa with a
rather elongate neck that has a distal area of rather convolute sclerotisation
from which arises a sausage-like appendix bursae. The distal part of the bursa
is spherical, with a rather squat ‘golf tee’ signum.
The larvae are typically careine, as discussed below, and appear to show some
preference for Myrtaceae, along with those for the genera to Xenochroa
Felder that follow.
The genus consists of typical and angulata groups, the former
extending east to New Guinea but the latter not noted beyond Sundaland.
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