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Garudinistis Hampson

Type species: eburneana Walker.

Like Cyclosodes and Omiosia above, this is a monobasic genus as strictly defined below; the other included species, variegata Rothschild (New Guinea), has yellow forewings banded with pale red, and male genitalia with the saccular process sickle-like, articulated between the basal part and the strongly curved distal part, so it is not closely related to eburneana, and should be transferred (comb. n.) to a New Guinea genus, Parascaptia Bethune-Baker, where a sickle-like, articulated valve saccular process is also present, indeed the male genitalia are virtually identical, and the facies is similar. The general appearance of Garudinistis is reminiscent of that of Garudinia, but there are three transverse brown bands on the creamy white forewing: basal, medial and marginal. The male hindwing underlaps the forewing to cover a prominent fringe of long scales arising and running back from just posterior to the forewing cell, which is itself displaced away from the costa (Fig 6d), though not to the extent seen in Cyclosodes. The fringe of scales may be homologous with the hair pencils seen in some more easterly taxa (see Garudinia pseudolatana sp.n.).

Fig 6d: Garudinistis eburneana Walker

The male genitalia and abdomen are typical of the generic complex, with strong flexure towards the apex of the valve saccular process, but no articulation with the basal part. The female genitalia have a sclerotised ductus about twice as long as broad, and a similarly sclerotised and sized neck to the bursa that continues on from it. Both are scobinate, the bursa neck with coarser, longer spines. The corpus bursae has a slightly coiled appendix on the right, short, broad, with further spines where it arises from the corpus. There are small pockets laterally on the sixth segment.

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