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Manoba major Hampson comb. n.
Nola major Hampson, 1891, Illust. typical Specimens lepid. Heterocera Colln Br. Mus., 8: 48.
formosana Wileman & West, 1929, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (10), 3: 190, praeocc.
Meganola major sspp. caesiopennis Inoue & takasago Inoue, 1982: 666.


Manoba major

Diagnosis and taxonomic note.
The forewing facies is similar to that of
gilletti, but with the punctate fasciae much more clearly defined, and with blackish medial and subbasal shallowly triangular patches on the costa. The hindwings grade distinctly greyer towards the margin, and there is a grey discal mark. The antennae are very strongly bipectinate. The male genitalia resemble somewhat those of M. brunellus Hampson (see above) in having a rather robust uncus, narrow, slightly curved valves and a relatively basal harpe. The aedeagus is slender, rather bulbous basally and with a long, narrow vesica that terminates in a single, large cornutus. The species has been placed erroneously as a synonym of the lithosiine arctiid Lyclene distributa Walker (see Inoue et al. (1982).

Geographical range. Indian Subregion, Taiwan, Ryukyu Is., Burma, Singapore, Borneo, ?Java (see below), Vanuatu, New Caledonia (Holloway, 1979).

Habitat preference. Unusual for the genus, this species has been taken uniquely on the coast near mangrove in Brunei.

Biology. The host records for Nola distributa in Java noted by Piepers & Snellen (1904) may apply to major. One of these, Terminalia (Combretaceae), was recorded for major in India (unpublished IIE records).

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