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Calymera ?cuprea Wileman & South
Carea cuprea Wileman & South, 1920, Entomologist, 53: 273.
Carea moira Swinhoe or close, sensu Holloway, 1976: 25.


Calymera ?cuprea

Diagnosis and taxonom
ic note. This species, tentatively identified as moira by Holloway (1976), proves to be closer to cuprea, as also suggested by Holloway; moira is a Xenochroa comb. n. (Peninsular Malaysia). It has facies similar to sabulosa but is smaller, the forewings a more greenish coppery colour (tending towards quieta in this respect), the hindwings distinctly dull orange, but with a similar grey dorsal zone to sabulosa. The male genitalia are similar to those of sabulosa, including a ring or dorsal area of fine spines at the base of the aedeagus vesica (these are only half the length of those in quieta); Bornean material has a group of spines at the base of the ductus ejaculatorius as in sabulosa but this is absent in the type of cuprea. The female genitalia resemble those of sabulosa and quieta in having a distinct, lateral, thickened lobe to the basal part of the bursa; in cuprea (slide 18026; Mindanao) the bursa is shorter and more even in width. The status of this taxon needs further study, but only three of the specimens were male, and one of these (slide 17883) had deformed genitalia lacking valves and an aedeagus.

Geographical range. Philippines, Borneo.

Habitat preference. The species appears to be restricted to G. Kinabalu, where it ranges from 1500m to 1930m. It is much rarer than sabulosa (32:400 specimens respectively, recorded by Holloway (1976)).

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