Turnaca spinifera sp. n.
Turnaca spinifera (paratype)
12 mm. The facies is as illustrated. The small size, pale fawn ground to
the forewing with subcostal, central and dorsal dull red stripes and weak post
and antemedials, that converge and become more intense towards the dorsum,
distinguish this species from others in Turnaca and Ambadra. The
male genitalia are atypical of any of the pale, striate-forewinged species in
Borneo or elsewhere in South East Asia, having gnathal processes shaped like an
axe-head and a prominent spine arising from the base of the valve sacculus. The
male eighth sternite has lateral, acutely triangular processes posteriorly, the
cleft between them overlain by a semicircular flap.
Holotype .SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway
et al.) BM 1978-206, Site 21, March, W. Melinau Gorge, 130 m, 423576,
alluvial/kerangas bank, acl. u’storey, BM notodontid slide 627.
Paratype. 1 BRUNEI: 30-60 m,
Labi, lowland forest, 27.8.78 (Lt. Col. M.G.
Geographical range. Borneo.
Habitat preference. Probably lowland dipterocarp forest.
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