FAMILY LASIOCAMPIDAE
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Kunugia suanoides sp. n.  


Kunugia suanoides
(paratype)
(.85 natural size)


Kunugia suanoides
(paratype)
(.85 natural size)


male.gif (860 bytes)male.gif (860 bytes)43-45mm, female.gif (844 bytes)60mm. Both sexes have the forewings a rich rufous brown and the hindwings somewhat duller. The male forewings are narrow compared to those of species of the purple group but resembling those of the next two species; the fasciae are obscure, darker, curved just subcostally; the submarginal consists of a row of dark brown spots that interferes with the exterior postmedial towards the dorsum; the medial and marginal zones are paler; the white discal spot is prominent, surrounded by a darker brown suffusion. The female has all markings much more obscure.

The male genitalia indicate this species to have affinities with the next two and the Himalayan placida Moore. All four are characterised by relatively large, long, triangular distal processes to the valves, short, robust cubile arms and a short aedeagus with a prominent ventral spur almost at right angles. This species resembles placida and differs from the other two in having a spined lobe to the aedeagus vesica; the valves are much narrower however.

Holotype
male.gif (860 bytes)BRUNEI: 300m, Ulu Temburong, rainforest, 20.10.1978 (Lt. Col. M.G. Allen), BM lasiocampid slide 1028.

Paratypes: 1male.gif (860 bytes)BRUNEI: 30-60mm, Labi, lowland forest, 28.8.1978 (Lt. Col. M. G. Allen)
1male.gif (860 bytes) 1female.gif (844 bytes) NORTH BORNEO: Sabah, Tawau distr., 500-700ft primary rainforest, 17.x.15.xi. 1973 (C.J.H. Pruett).

Geographical range. Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra.

Habitat preference. All specimens have been taken in lowland rainforest. In addition to the localities listed, a male was taken at 150m on G. Mulu.

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