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“Meganola” scriptoides sp. n.


"Meganola" scriptoides

9-10mm, 12, 13mm. The forewing facies is similar to that of “M.” scripta Moore (Himalaya) with finely etched black markings on pale grey, but the zig-zag submarginal lacks the broader subtornal and subapical patches of scripta, and the double postmedial is more strongly arcuate anteriorly and more indented basad at he posterior of this curved section. The distal margin is more strongly delineated with a fine black line. The male hindwings in both species grade paler grey towards the dorsum. “M.”
strigivena Hampson (N.E. Himalaya) also belongs to this facies group. In the male genitalia the uncus is more rhomboidal, less setose, and the tegumen has unique triangular modifications on each side. The valve lacks the saccular lobe and paddle-like distal portions of scripta, being more tongue-like, with a comma-shaped central harpe and, more basally, a small setose lobe at the costa. The female genitalia are distinguished by an oval, swollen basal section to the ductus bursae and a larger corpus bursae with two more strongly developed invaginate signa, aligned longitudinally at about one-third and two-fifths.

Holotype . SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D.Holloway et al.), Site 15, February, Mulu, Camp 2.5, 1000m. 413461, lower montane forest, BM noctuid slide 17033.

Paratypes: 1 as holotype; 1 as holotype but Site 14; 1 general data as holotype but Site 8, February, Camp 1, Mulu, 150m. 385470, mixed dipt. for.; 1 (slide 17673) BRUNEI: 1618m, Bukit Retak, montane forest, 14.9.79 (Lt. Col. M.G. Allen); 1 BRUNEI: 1670m, Bukit Pagon, montane forest, Feb. 1982 (Allen & Harman).

Geographical range. Borneo, Java; a female from Peninsular Malaysia under study by the Budapest group may also be referable.

Habitat preference.
One specimen is from lowland forest, the rest from montane forest (1000-1670m).

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