Gyrtona pusilla Moore, 1888, Descr. new Indian lepid. Insects Colln W.S.
Diagnosis. See the next species, which is slightly smaller but has very
Taxonomic note. A species with similar facies occurs in Africa (slide 17147)
but has a shorter tuft of much finer and evenly curved setae at the angle on the
ventral margin of the valve.
Geographical range. Indo-Australian tropics to Queensland and Solomons.
Habitat preference. Bornean records are infrequent, many from a coastal area
with mangrove and an area of dry heath forest in the lowlands of Brunei, but
also there are records from forest on limestone at 250m and 900m and dipterocarp
forest at 150m.
Biology. Host records (Robinson et al., 2001) for this or the next
species are from Mesua (Guttiferae) and Melaleuca (Myrtaceae)
foliage, and from Heritiera (Sterculiaceae) flowers.
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