Giaura leucophaea Hampson, 1905, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (7), 16: 541.
Diagnosis. The facies is similar to that of Characoma species like
distincta, but with more distinct transverse fasciae and a square (rather
than triangular) darker patch on the costa medially.
Tymbal organs are present (as they are in the
Characoma species with similar facies, though of different form). The
genitalia have the valves reduced, and the tegumen does not overlap the
vinculum, features shared with Etanna. The valve processes are long,
slender, hooked, with the black scales only over the apical third. The aedeagus
is unusually large, and the vesica has a large and a small cornutus, closely
Hampson (Sri Lanka) is similar in facies but larger, and has similar genitalia,
though the cornuti appear more robust.
Geographical range. Borneo, Burma, Andamans, ?Australia (a specimen from
Cairns, Queensland in BMNH, but not listed by Nielsen et al. (1996)).
Habitat preference. The type series is from Kuching in the lowlands of
Sarawak. The species has not been taken in Borneo since.
Biology. The species has been reared from Heritiera (Sterculiaceae)
in the Andamans (unpublished IIE records).
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