RHODOPRASINA NANLINGENSIS Kishida & Wang, 2003

Male Rhodoprasina nanlingensis, Nanling National Forest Park, near Shaoguan, Guangdong, China. HOLOTYPE. Photo: © Kishida & Wang, 2003.

TAXONOMY

Rhodoprasina nanlingensis Kishida & Wang, 2003, Tinea 17(4): 176. Type locality: China, Guangdong, Shaoguan, Nanling National Forest Park, 1000m.


ADULT DESCRIPTION AND VARIATION

Wingspan: 86mm; length of forewing 39mm. A rather small species for the genus. Forewing relatively short and broad, with termen strongly crenulate. Head, thorax and abdomen naturally reddish ochreous, as are the forewing uppersides; cilia dark brown. Forewing maculation similar to that of R. corolla, but without the discal black dot. Ground colour of hindwing upperside more reddish than the forewing; cilia white. Undersides of both wings reddish ochreous; forewing broadly red in basal half, with rather obscure, brown median fascia (Kishida & Wang, 2003).

In male genitalia, uncus broad, with apex slightly notched. Valva with harpe bearing a rather long and slender hook. Juxta 'V'-shaped, somewhat similar to R. corolla, but with distal phlange less broad and much longer (Kishida & Wang, 2003).


ADULT BIOLOGY

This species flies at altitude during late autumn in the isolated warm temperate mountains of Guangdong.


FLIGHT-TIME

China: 28.x (Guangdong, Nanling Shan).


EARLY STAGES

OVUM: Unknown.

LARVA: Unknown.

PUPA: Unknown.

Larval hostplants. Unknown.


PARASITOIDS

Unknown


LOCAL DISTRIBUTION

China: Hunan (Nanling Shan, 1500m); Guangdong (Nanling Shan, near Shaoguan, 1000m).


GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Endemic to southern China.


Regional distribution of Rhodoprasina nanlingensis. Map: © NHMUK.

BIOGEOGRAPHICAL AFFILIATION



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