species: dinotis Meyrick, New Guinea.
Kobes (1997) revived this genus for species assigned previously to
Westermannia that have a striking forewing pattern with a medial element
like a bird or animal head facing into the thorax, as reflected in some of the
specific nomenclature. The male is mainly dark brown, but is crossed by a
that usually has a white patch
dorsal to it. Some of the species were also reviewed or described by Holloway
The male genitalia, compared to Westermannia, have the uncus and tegumen
more equal in length. The valve has a harpe and sometimes also a complex,
somewhat corematous, lobed structure externally at the base of the sacculus,
though the latter is absent in species such as aquila Holloway,
pangolina Holloway and cornucopia Hampson. The saccus is short. The
aedeagus vesica is diverticulate but the diverticula have only fields of
scobination or very small, fine spines.
The female genitalia have a short ductus with a colliculum, leading to a
narrowly pyriform bursa. The signum, if present, is a single scobinate disc,
often with delicate corrugations of the membrane arranged concentrically around
it, or these concentric corrugations may be generally scobinate.
The only host records are from Terminalia, for
Hampson (Indian Subregion) and M. pangolina (see below) (Robinson et
The genus ranges throughout the Indo-Australian tropics to as far east as the Solomons (but not Australia).
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