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Mniothripa Hampson

Type species: lichenigera Hampson, Singapore.

The forewings are of the narrow sarrothripine type and pattern, the postmedial looping closely round a rather elongate, bilobed reniform, then being angled back towards the dorsum. Both the anterior of the postmedial and the line of the reniform are set obliquely to the costa. The venation is of the groundplan type, with M3 and CuA1 of the hindwing stalked. The wings are mostly dark grey or brownish grey.

The male abdomen is diagnostic, with a definite tymbal structure, sometimes with lateral hair-pencils or coremata (Fig 127) that does not resemble that seen in the Characoma group or indeed any other chloephorine. Another unusual feature is the lack of apodemes on the eighth segment. The genitalia are also unusual, with a strong, apically scobinate gnathus, a narrow, acute saccus, and robust but narrow valves with a spatulate, setose apex. These setae are deciduous, ventrally large, marginally small, the former on the exterior face of the valve, but those in a zone along the dorsal margin of the sacculus are moderate and not deciduous. However, the saccular shield and transtillar development are typically nolid. The aedeagus vesica contains numerous cornuti that can be deciduous.


The female genitalia have elongate, narrow ovipositor lobes and apophyses. The ductus is usually narrow, the bursa pyriform, without signa.

The genus consists of the species described below and M.
viridisuffusa Fletcher from Africa; Fletcher (1957) reviewed the genus, and determinations are best made by dissecting the genitalia.

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