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Nola calcicola sp. n.


Nola calcicola

5-6mm. This is a small, pale grey species with forewing markings and male genitalia that indicate a relationship with N.
cretacea Hampson (S. India, Sri Lanka) and N. bitransversata Holloway (New Caledonia). The forewing has darker grey markings and pale tufts of raised scales. The fasciae are rather stepped, irregular in both cretacea and calcicola compared with bitransversata where they are more clearly defined, especially the antemedial, and oblique. The male genitalia of all three species have the valves only partially cleft, narrow basally, expanding to a broadly bilobed apex beyond the cleft. The harpe coincides with the cleft and is distally directed, large in cretacea, small, slender, directed more dorsally in calcicola, and smaller again, at right-angles to the axis of the ventral arm in bitransversata. In all three the aedeagus has a slender, curved spine at the apex, and the apodemes of the eighth segment are relatively weak, separated, almost vestigial on the sternite.

Holotype . SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D.Holloway et al.), Site 26, April, G. Api Pinnacles, 1200m. 428545, open scrub, BM noctuid slide 17097.

Paratypes: 4 as holotype; 1 as holotype but Site 25, April, G. Api, 900m. 427550, lower montane forest.

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. All material is from rather open montane forest and scrub on limestone.

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