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Auzatellodes Strand

Type species: desquamata Strand = arizana Wileman, Taiwan.

Inoue (1988) suggested that this genus was appropriate also for hyalinata Moore (N.E. Himalaya, Burma), indicated by Watson (1968) not to be related to Hyalospectra, the genus with which it was then combined.

It can be defined on characters of facies and genitalia. The facies is somewhat similar to that of Hyalostola Hampson (See Hyalostola Hampson), but with greater translucence to the paler areas of the wings, and the darker markings being grey or brown rather than red. These markings consist of an irregular medial band and a more intense but narrower and more jagged submarginal one on both wings. The brown colour also extends along the veins through the transparent areas, thus the submarginal and a fine brown marginal line enclose a series of pale areas between the veins. These are regular, rather lunulate, on the hindwing, but separated into apical and dorsal sectors by an extension to the margin of the postmedial transparent area between M3 and CuA1 on the forewing. The submarginal brown band has a conspicuous, basally directed tooth in the space between M1 and M2.

The antennae of both sexes are bipectinate, those of the female more narrowly so than those of the male. The forewing venation has a large 'areole' that is not quite closed distally, with R2 coverging with R3+4 very closely for 2- 3mm before diverging subapically. R1, R5 and M1 arise from this 'areole'. The venation of Hyalostola is similar but with M1 arising independently.

The male (hyalinata) eighth sternite has apodemes as in Hyalostola but is narrower, and the structure of the tegumen is somewhat similar, with socii associated with the anal tube. The valves are also divided into three processes. However, the saccus is strong, rather than graded as a plate into the intersegmental membrane.

The female of hyalinata has the ovipositor lobes fused, conical, rugose. The lamella postvaginalis consists of two semicircular, setose lobes, and the lamella antevaginalis is a broad, deep, somewhat trapezoid plate. The bursa contains a spinal signum.

Apart from the Himalayan and Taiwanese species mentioned above, there is an undescribed species from Sri Lanka and the new species described below.

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