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Lepidoptera > Noctuoidea > Euteliidae > Euteliinae > Chlumetia

Chlumetia transversa (Walker, 1863)

Indian and global distribution:
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Status, Habitat and Habits:
Adult moth observations that have been databased:
West Bengal
All states
Similiar species:
Chlumetia Walker, [1866] species known from India. 
Chlumetia alternans Moore, 1882. India: West Bengal (Darjeeling: TL). 
Chlumetia brevisigna Holloway, 1985. NW India, Goa (Karwar); Sri Lanka. 
Chlumetia transversa (Walker, 1863). Indo-Australian tropics. for Chlumetia brevisigna. Holloway states that this species has been reared on mango shoots, and hence should be name Mango Shoot Borer, rather than transversa
  1. OD: Nachaba transversa Walker, 1863, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln. Br. Mus. 27: 114.Text at
  2. Chlumetia guttiventris Walker, [1866] 1865, List Specimens lepid. Insects. Colln. Br. Mus. 34:1271. Text at
  3. Hampson, G. F. 1894. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol. 2. Taylor & Francis, London. Arctiidae, Agrostidae, Noctuidae 609 p - 325 376, # 2216, Fig. 207. 
Note: Diagnosis (vide MOB). This species (transversa) differs from congeners most distinctly in genitalia characters but also in facies: the forewing submarginal band is broken such that there are two oblique blocks at its widest zone, on either side of a break one third from the costa; the reniform is open anteriorly, its distal fine black border being continued by a line to the costa (displaced in other species as a rule); there is a dark greyish shading subbasally and between the medial and postmedial. In the male genitalia the valves are slender, curved upwards, with a detached short ventral lobe; the uncus is broad, short, polygonal, the saccus is moderate in breadth. The basal part of the modified male eighth sternite is shallower than in other species. In the female genitalia the ductus terminates in a lamella with two elongate scobinate bands, with a separate central crescent-shaped sclerite dorsally, centrally; the scobinate appendix bursae is longer than the bursa which arises centrally from the common ductus.

Highly variable species displaying polymorphism; hence listed provisionally identified (as cf.). 

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Anonymous. 2022. Chlumetia transversa (Walker, 1863). In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 3.30. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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