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“Giaura” leucophaea Hampson
Giaura leucophaea Hampson, 1905, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (7), 16: 541.


"Giaura" leucophaea

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.

Taxonomic note. 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 appressed. “G.” minor 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 The species has been reared from Heritiera (Sterculiaceae) in the Andamans (unpublished IIE records).

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