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Amata wallacei paucicincta ssp. n.  
Syntomis wallacei
Moore, 1859, in Horsfield & Moore, 1858-1859, 2:325.

Amata wallacei

Figure 2. Wing venation in Euchromiinae and Syntominae, with disposition of transparent patches indicated in 2 and 6.

15-16mm. This and the next four species have very similar facies with five white spots in the black forewings and two on the hindwings. They are distinguished to some extent on characters of the yellow ringing of the abdomen but most particularly on features of the male genitalia. This species has yellow rings at the base of the abdomen and on the sixth segment only. This subspecies differs from the typical race (Java) in lacking yellow rings on most abdominal segments, these being restricted to a basal one and one at two thirds as in the next two species. The male genitalia resemble those of typical wallacei, with small, simple valves and a broad lateral lobe, bearing spines that increase in length distally, to the aedeagus vesica.

Holotype Tutong, N. BORNEO, v. 95 (A. Everett), BM arctiid slide 4174.

Paratype SARAWAK: Gunung Mulu Nat. Park, RGS Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.) BM 1978-206, Site 19, March, W. Melinau Gorge, 100m, 427567, alluvial forest, BM arctiid slide 4142.

There is more material from lowland Borneo that has not been included in the type series as it has not been dissected.

Geographical range. Java, Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia; Borneo.

Habitat preference. Specimens come to light in the understorey of lowland rainforest.

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