Phalacra kerara Swinhoe, 1902, Trans. ent. Soc. Lond., 1902:
Diagnosis and taxonomic notes. The holotype is female, a dark brownish grey with
strongly excavate forewing margins either side of the angle. The fasciation of
the forewing meanders parallel to the margin, with the darkest grey band
recurring in a distal postmedial position and being slightly more emphatic
towards the costa. A possible male (slide 2112) is a similar grey, with darker
postmedial marks in a similar position on the forewing. The genitalia have a
short saccus and a rugose, knobbed apex to the gnathus. These features are
shared by the specimens tentatively identified as turbinifera Warren
below, and also species A and B following. All may in fact be one rather
Geographical range. Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia.
Habitat preference. This is a lowland species, with two females taken
recently in heath and coastal forests in Brunei. The male is from wet heath
forest to the west of the Melinau Gorge in Sarawak.
Biology. Specimens referable to kerara and its variations
(see above) have been reared from the palms Daemonorops grandis and Orania
silvicola in Peninsular Malaysia by H. Steiner.
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