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