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Lyclene obscurilinea sp. n.
Asura sp. 3 (part) of Holloway, 1976: 3, Fig. 13, plate 1:13.

Lyclene obscurilinea  
(paratype) (x 1.67)

Lyclene obscurilinea
(paratype) (x 1.67)

11-13mm, 13-14mm. This species is the first of a sequence of four that are probably most closely related to obliquilinea Swinhoe comb. rev. (N.E. Himalaya), as the forewing facies is similar: a set of basal streaks enclosed by a generally oblique but sometimes angled subbasal fascia; a deeply zig-zagged postmedial; a submarginal row of streaks; a slight row of dots on the veins at the margin. The distal half of the male abdomen is grey-brown, and the abdomen has coremata well developed. The genitalia also indicate close relationship amongst at least three of the four Bornean species. The distal processes of the valve are stronger than in obliquilinea and the vesica has two rows of short, robust Barsine­like cornuti, the more distal one with far fewer than the basal one; in obliquilinea there is a single tight cluster of four narrower, longer spines. The female of obscurilinea has an elongate ductus, a curvature to the neck of the bursa, often with a globular subbasal swelling, and a broader distal section; the curved section may be more sclerotised. In obliquilinea the bursa is coarsely spined virtually throughout, and has longitudinal bands of sclerotisation that are also spined. In obscurilinea the forewing markings are often obscured by a general basal and postmedial area of brownish suffusion. The subbasal line is oblique, not distinctly angled, though curved basad at each end slightly, and encloses only two strong streaks. In the male genitalia the costal and saccular processes are blunt, incurved, but the valve apex extends beyond them. The aedeagus vesica is very deep, with a spherical lobe opposite the part with the cornuti; these are relatively small. The female has a globular subbasal swelling to the neck of the bursa but the neck curvature is slight and the distal part of the bursa is narrow.

Holotype  SABAH: Mt. Kinabalu, Mesilau, 1500m, vii-ix. 1965, Cambridge Expedition to Mt. Kinabalu 1965 (H.J. Banks, H.S. Barlow & J.D. Holloway), BM arctiid slide 5315.

Paratypes: 4 1 (slide 2066) as holotype; 5 (slide 2060), 4 (slides 5320, 2064) general data as holotype but Power Station, 1930m; 1 (slide 5324) as holotype but Park H.Q., 1620m; 3 (slides 5322, 5323) SABAH: Mt. Kinabalu, 5500ft, 17-19.i. 1976 (E. W. Classey).

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. The species is only known from G. Kinabalu where it occurs in montane forest from 1500m to about 2000m.

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