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Phalacra columba sp. n.  

Phalacra columba

10mm 17mm. The wings are uniformly warm pale grey, with shape and fasciation typical of the genus, though the fasciae are faint. There is a distinctive whitish, rather translucent patch subdorsally, centrally on the forewing, though this is sometimes indistinct. The male abdomen differs from that of the type species in having a pair of coremata between segments 7 and 8, the latter having long apodemes. The valves also bear distal coremata that arise from that inner surface, resembling Drapetodes species in this. The valves also have digitate spurs in the transtillar area, somewhat as in Scytalopteryx elongata Snellen. The placement of this species in Phalacra is therefore tentative.

Holotype . PERAK, F.M.S., Taiping (E. Seimund) BM drepanid slide 2124.

Paratype:  MALAY PENIN.: Selangor, Bukit Kutu, at light, 3500ft April 13th 1926 (H.M. Pendlebury).

Geographical range. Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra.

Habitat preference. The only Bornean specimen was taken in alluvial forest at 100m near the western end of the Melinau Gorge in the G. Mulu National Park, Sarawak.

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