View Image Gallery of The Tribe Nudariini

Adites Moore Gen. rev.

Type species: hilaris Walker, Sri Lanka.

This genus is removed from synonymy with Miltochrista Hübner or Lyclene Moore (Nielsen et al., 1996) to contain all species in the complex that are white or creamy white with red forewing markings except for sequens Walker (see Cabarda sequens Walker comb. rev). The red of the forewing typically consists of four submarginal spots, a sinuous postmedial with dentation on its inner border enclosing a red discal dot (black in the type species) or streak, an antemedial angled obtusely centrally, the apex of the angle approaching or contacting the biarcuate subbasal that encloses two further streaks of red sited costally and centrally, and a basal spot that may coalesce with the central streak. The hindwings may have faint patches or a band of grey near the margin, though this is rare in Bornean species. The male antennae are fasciculate.

The male abdomen has the coremata well developed. The genitalia are characterised by a short, often deep uncus, valves with only the distal saccular process well developed, usually with a crest of spines at its apex, and an anellus that is frequently (but not in the type species) rugose. The aedeagus vesica is weak, generally scobinate in the type species, but, whilst still small, bearing one or more relatively massive cornuti in most other species.

In the female genitalia the ductus and bursa are usually short, together rather pyriform, the bursa either with general scobination or (the bizonoides Walker group) two centrally placed and opposed signa, each consisting of a disc of rather robust but short spines. Lateral pouches on the seventh segment are rare and probably not homologous with those of Lyclene, except perhaps those of the Philippines species unilinea Wileman & South, the placement of which requires further study.

Adites appears to be particularly diverse in Borneo, with several species in the bizonoides group and some that may be more closely allied to the Sumatran A. tabida Snellen comb. n. & stat. rev. Unfortunately, the similarity of appearance amongst the species led to them being treated as one species during the Mulu survey, and counted in the field as such with retention of only limited material. For the same reason, assignation of females to males is not always possible, particularly in the bizonoides group; unfortunately the holotype of bizonoides is female, and its identification below is based on the assumption that it would be the commonest species in the sort of lowland habitats where A.R. Wallace is likely to have collected.

The genus is found throughout the Oriental tropics but is not recorded east of Sulawesi.

<<Back >>Forward <<Return to Contents page

Copyright © Southdene Sdn. Bhd. All rights reserved.