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“Eilema” monochroa Turner stat. rev.
Aedoea monochroa Turner, 1899 Trans. R. Soc. S. Australia, 23: 10.
Eilema (?) decreta ab. pulolautensis Strand, 1922, Lep. Cat., 26: 549, syn. n.

"Eilema" monochroa (holotype of pulolautensis)
(x 1.32)

The facies is similar to that of decreta, but the forewing is a much paler yellow, slightly shorter and broader, with the cell extending to about three-quarters rather than two-thirds. R1 is strongly curved, and M1 is stalked with R3-5 rather than connate. The genitalia have the valve rather tongue-like as in decreta, but the apex is not serrate and the saccular process consists of two slender processes rather than one, each with small appressed spines over much of their length, but one has a lateral process more or less at right-angles as in decreta. The aedeagus is short, without the apical spines seen in decreta.

Taxonomic notes. The male genitalia of pulolautensis, based on the specimen referred to by Hampson (1900) as an ab. of decreta, match those illustrated for monochroa in Birket-Smith (1965). They are distinct from those of decreta as indicated above. It is possible that both species should be separated from Eilema in Aedoea, for which monochroa is the type species, as in Nielsen et al. (1996).

Geographical range. Queensland, Borneo.

Habitat preference. The only specimen is from Pulo Laut, a low-lying island at the south-east of Borneo.

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