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Phazaca coniferoides sp. n.
Dirades conifera Moore, sensu Holloway, 1976: 88.

Phazaca coniferoides

Phazaca coniferoides

9-10mm, 10mm. This is a species of the P. conifera Moore comb. n. facies type, with a strong triangular dark patch on the forewing dorsum medially, and the anterior part of the postmedial is displaced more towards the apex, running obliquely across it before curving back to the dorsum. The antemedial runs parallel to it from the costa to the apex of the dark triangle. The male hindwing has the postmedial more or less linear or slightly curved, whereas it is angled in the female: this situation is much as in mutans. The new species is a darker, blackish grey brown than conifera or P. leucocera Hampson comb. n. and lacks the purplish tinge seen in those species in the zone basal to the hindwing postmedial. The hindwing postmedial is finely pale with darker edging basad. The dorsal scent pencil in the male is straw-coloured, well developed. The male genitalia are characterised by a concentration of setae in an arcuate zone across the apex of the valve: in leucocera and conifera they are more evenly distributed. The female genitalia have a colliculum (scrolling) at the base of the ductus and a signum with robust spines radiating from a relatively small central base.

Holotype SABAH: Mt Kinabalu, Park H.Q., 1620m, vii-ix. 1965, Cambridge Expedition to Mt Kinabalu 1965 (H.J. Banks, H.S. Barlow & J.D. Holloway); BM uraniid slide 302.

Paratypes: 3 (slide 78), 1 (slide 450) as holotype but Lycaenid Cut, 1660m. 

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. All material is from upper montane forest on G. Kinabalu.

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