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Selepa ocellata sp. n.


Selepa ocellata

9mm. The colour and facies is similar to that of plumbeata, but the double postmedial has a more sinuous course towards the dorsum and the postmedial is more distant from the margin. The more basal, fainter line of the postmedial crosses the pale triangle at the centre of the costa obliquely, and the paler centre to the postmedial is tinged reddish. The black discal mark is prominent, creating an ocellate effect within the postmedial loop distal to the pale triangle. The genitalia have the sclerotised portion of the ductus much shorter than in celtis and plumbeata, and there is a diagnostic longitudinal sclerotised ridge in the bursa; a similar feature, but with spines along the ridge, is seen in a specimen from Queensland (slide 17057) attributed to S. rhythmopis Turner, though this has a more strongly lineated, less variegated forewing facies.

Holotype . BRUNEI: 300m, Ulu Temburong, LP 283, lowland forest, 19-22.ii.1982 (G.S. Robinson) BM noctuid slide 17044.

Paratypes: 1 BRUNEI as holotype, (H.S. B[arlow]), Oct 1978; 1E (slide 18035) SABAH: 945m, Gunong Monkobo, 11656E, 548N, dipterocarp for., 14-23.viii.1987 (K.R. Tuck).

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. All material is from dipterocarp forest, the highest from almost 1000m.

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