harmani sp. n.
12-14mm. The ground
colour is straw, the forewings suffused with darker brown and having a diffuse,
oblique to sinuous, dark, narrow medial fascia. This fascia is obscured
anteriorly in the male by a shallow, arcuate flap of scales extending back from
the costa. This feature may be homologous with that in T. nigricauda but
is more prominent, and the more basal tuft of nigricauda and allies is
lacking. The male forewing venation is compressed in the region of the narrow
cell and distal branches there from, with CuA2 strongly flexed at the base as in nigricauda
and allies. The female has more normal venation in this region, but also has
the base of CuA2 strongly flexed. The male genitalia are also distinctive,
whilst showing the generic features to some extent. The saccus is only slightly
expanded and square. The valves are short, the saccular process triangular,
slightly divided apically, but characteristically spined. The aedeagus vesica
has a central cornutus and a more distal comb of much smaller ones.
Retak, L.P. 238, 1465 metres, BRUNEI, 18.x.1978 (T. W. Harman), BM
arctiid slide 4881.
BRUNEI: 1670m, Bukit Pagon, montane forest, Feb 1982 (Allen & Harman); 2,
Sabah: 1km S. Kundasang, el. 1530m. 23, 24,27 Aug. 1983 (G.F.
Hevel & W.E. Steiner), in USNM.
Geographical range. Borneo,
Java (slide 4892), Bali.
Habitat preference. The
species is only known from upper montane forest in Brunei and at similar
elevations on the southern slopes of G. Kinabalu.
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