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Dysaethria rhagavolita sp. n.

Dysaethria rhagavolita (paratype)

10mm, 9-11mm. In facies this species resembles perpolita, and is smaller and less strongly marked on the forewing than walkeri and allies. However, in male genitalia it is close to D. rhagavata Walker comb. n. (Sri Lanka). The facies of rhagavata is more as in oriocharis West (See Dysaethria oriocharis West comb. n.), but heavily suffused with brownish grey striae, particularly on the forewing, and with more obscure fasciation and hindwing markings. The male genitalia of rhagavata (slide 363) share features such as a slender, acute central process to the uncus, a distal pair of lateral processes that are small, narrow, rectangular, and a knob-like ventral pair. The valves are small relative to those of the conflictaria group or oriocharis and allies, with a rather 'gnathus-like' transtillar bridge. In the new species the apical process of the uncus is longer, the distal lateral processes narrower, the ventral knob-like pair deeper. The aedeagus is narrower and gently curved rather than straight. A specimen from the N.E. Himalaya (Khasis; slide 345) is probably also rhagavolita.

Holotype  SARAWAK: Gunung Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.) Site 3, January, Camp 4, Mulu, 1780m. 453463, [upper montane forest], BM uraniid slide 490.

Paratypes: 4 general data as holotype but sites 16 (2; 70m, alluvial forest, Long Pala), 20 (slide 388) and 22 (150m, W. Melinau Gorge, kerangas); 1 S.E. BORNEO: Samarinda, x.1938 (M.E. Walsh).

Geographical range. Borneo, ?N.E. Himalaya.

Habitat preference. The holotype male is from upper montane forest, but the paratype females are all from lowland localities.

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