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Damias Boisduval

Type species: elegans Boisduval, New Guinea.

Synonym: Caprimima Hampson (type species albicollis Pagenstecher, New Guinea).

Most Damias species have distinctive facies with the typical black and red markings on a pure white ground rather than a yellow one. The forewing apical border is often very broad and may contain white spots.

Holloway (1984b) suggested that the white ground colour was the only synapomorphy for the whole genus, but that various facies and male genitalic characters could be used to recognise three subgroups. Two of these and miscellaneous other species are more or less restricted to New Guinea and most diverse in the south eastern peninsula. The only Sundanian species, discussed below, belongs to the most widespread subgroup of the three, also occurring in Seram and the Bismarck Is. This group has two white spots at the distal margin subapically. The aedeagus vesica contains two to three moderate cornuti, and the saccular process of the valve (referred to as costal by Holloway (1984b), but it appears to have migrated dorsally in this quartet of genera) is broadened or bifid subapically, though this latter feature is not apparent in the Sundanian species.

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