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Calliteara box sp. n.  

 Calliteara box

 Calliteara box

16-18mm, 17-22mm. This is a smaller species than cox, males usually with a paler zone towards the base of the hindwing, and both sexes having the submarginal flecks of the forewing closer to the margin, though this is variable in both species. The forewings in box are generally more uniform, less strongly fasciated, but again this is very variable. In the male abdomen the processes of the eighth tergite are less robust, more incurved; the spined band in the aedeagus vesica is shorter; the dorsal part of the valve is relatively larger, but without such a prominent, oblique triangular flange; the setose ventral portion is a different shape, and the vinculum is much less conspicuously expanded out from either side.

Holotype  SARAWAK: Gunung Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.) Site 27, April, G. Api, 1500m Pandanus Camp, 429541, scrub, Pandanus, BM lymantriid slide 1742.

Paratypes: 2 1 as holotype but Site 26, G. Api Pinnacles, 1200m, 428545, open scrub; 1 as holotype but Site 25, G. Api, 900m, 427550, lower montane forest; 3 (slide 1745), 4 (slide 1903) BRUNEI: 15m, Telisai, sandy heath forest and Gymnostoma, 3.2.1979 (Lt. Col. M.G. Allen); 1 1 BRUNEI, 1670m, Bukit Pagon, montane forest, Feb. 1982, (Allen & Harman); 1 SARAWAK: Mt Dulit, 4000ft., 5.ix.1933, moss forest, Oxford Univ. Exp. (B.M. Hobby & A. W. Moore).

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. Also recorded from the limestone G. Api, box ranges from 900m to 1500m there. In Brunei, two specimens have been taken at 1670m on Bukit Pagon, one from swamp forest at Badas, Daerah Belait, and a series from dry heath forest at Telisai. There is also a specimen from Mt Dulit as for cox, and one from Kuching.

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