December 2017

(10th December 2017)

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The Papua Insects Foundation

The latest news of the Papua Insects Foundation, the website and other relevant items concerning the entomology study in New Guinea

With this newsletter we want to inform you about the latest developments, news and changes in the website and activities of the Papua Insects Foundation and other interesting entomological news of New Guinea. If you have any questions or comments on this, please contact us.

Digitization of the Koleksi Serangga Papua (KSP) in Waena, Papua, Indonesia

Thanks to your support the project is started!

Koleksi Serangga Papua (KSP) is a large butterfly and moth collection build up by the late Br. Henk van Mastrigt. The collection is under supervision of the Kelompok Entomologi Papua (KEP) and property of the Universitas Cenderawasih (UNCEN) in Waena, Papua. With more than 75,000 specimens, all from Papua and West Papua, the collection is the only testimony of the Lepidoptera fauna in Papua, now endangered by deforestation. Our goal is to open this collection for scientists and students to study and to ensure its preservation. Many sponsors made this possible and at this moment a digitization project is running.

The KSP comprises many type specimens and other unique specimens, some even from species still undescribed by science. The collection is the most crucial tool scientists have to chart biodiversity, monitor populations and help designing protection policies. Despite its scientific importance, it remains very difficult to reach for many scientists and students worldwide. To make it accessible, The Papua Insects Foundation (PIF) aims to start a digitization project based on UNCEN. Digitized information and photographs will be put on line with open access (some exceptions for undescribed species in progress of publication).

The Dutch Uyttenboogaart-Eliasen Foundation financed the much needed material to photograph and register the specimens, Naturalis Biodiversity Center supported the project by the donation of a laptop computer. Through a crowd funding we collected € 3000, of which a substantial part came from Piet Zumkehr, Nicolas Grimaldi and Luc Willemse. We still need money to finance the workforce and to guarantee continuity of the project. Please help us with making this project a success and support us.

You will be informed of our progress at all times and your contribution will be mentioned in publications related to this project.
You can send your contribution to ING Bank with IBAN number NL10INGB0673660087, BIC code INGBNL2A, Papua Insects Foundation, Stadskanaal, The Netherlands, with notification of “KSP Photo Project” or with (code: For more information, please contact chairman Rob de Vos.

On behalf of the members of KEP and biology students of UNCEN and PIF,
Thank you very much for your help!

SUGAPA digital 10(2) [2017] is released!

SUGAPA digital 10(2) is released (, which includes seven publications:

- Eulàlia Gassó Miracle: Koleksi Serangga Papua: collection management and digitization

- Gerrit Withaar: New species of the genus Tmesisternus from New Guinea and the Maluku Islands (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae, Laminae, Tmesisternini)

- Gerrit Withaar: Corrigenda in: Rodenburgia, a new genus in the tribe Tmesisternini (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae, Lamiinae) with two new species

- Rob de Vos, Daawia Suhartawan & Erlani Rahareng: A faunistic orientation visit in 2015 in the unexplored Kumawa Nature Reserve, South Bomberai Peninsula, Papua Barat, Indonesia (Lepidoptera)

- Mark Goode: Notes on Graphium eurypylus Linnaeus, 1758 (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae) with descriptions of two new subspecies from Papua, Indonesia

- Evie Lilly Warikar, Euniche R.P.F. Ramandey and Daawia Suhartawan: Inventory of the butterfly fauna (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) of Kurudu Island (Japen Island Regency, Papua, Indonesia)

- Chris Davenport, Olivier Pequin & Peter Jan André de Vries: Delias maaikeae, a new species from the Cyclops Mountains, Papua, Indonesia (Lepidoptera: Pieridae)



Join the "Friends of The Papua Insects foundation"

The board of the PIF is very pleased to announce the birth of the group “Friends of the Papua Insects Foundation”. This is a special group for those willing to support the work of the Papua Insects Foundation and in particular, the journal Suara Serangga Papua (SUGAPA), “the Voice of Papua Insects”.
SUGAPA is a journal devoted to the insect fauna of Indonesian New Guinea (provinces Papua and Papua Barat). The journal includes news, observations, description of new species, taxonomic revisions and results from fieldwork. From 2006 and until 2016, SUGAPA appeared twice annually, in print, under the direction of Kelompok Entomologi Papua (KEP). Brother Henk van Mastrigt was the chief editor of SUGAPA. The journal was financed by a few supporting foundations, companies and subscribers. After Henk’s passing in August 2015, the publication of SUGAPA ended because it was impossible to find a successor for him in a short time.

PIF recognizes the importance of this journal, both for the local biology students and for the broader entomological community. For this reason, we created in 2016 a new SUGAPA series, now online. Together with KEP, we formed a new editorial board. The first online volume was published in July 2016. The new SUGAPA digital is free and allows open online access to its articles. New issues are freely accessible from the website, while digital versions of the articles published in print before 2016 are continually being added to this repository.

The new SUGAPA digital, with all its advantages, needs financial support. Not only for the costs of the website domain, but also to guarantee its scientific status. Online taxonomic publications need to be registered in ZooBank, the Official Registry of Zoological Nomenclature. ZooBank registers new nomenclatural acts, published works, and authors to ensure the validity and stability of zoological names. Each register requires payment. As PIF is a non-profit organisation, external financial support is very necessary and warmly welcome. For this reason, the board of the Papua Insects Foundation has created the “Friends of the Papua Insects Foundation”. You are cordially invited to join us!

You can become a “Friend of the Papua Insects Foundation” by donating annually the amount of (at least) €20.
Your donation is greatly appreciated and will be used to ensure the continuation of SUGAPA digital, the platform for future entomological research for PIF and for local biology students.

As a Friend of PIF, you will enjoy privileges:
- your “friendship” will be mentioned on the website (unless you indicate you don’t want to)
- being first informed about the release of a new issue of SUGAPA digital
- first-hand information regarding the ongoing fieldwork
- you will be first to receive the new newsletters on the activities of PIF and KEP
- you will get discount on publications made by KEP and PIF (i.e. the Kupu-Kupu series)
- you are entitled to have a VIP visit to an annual meeting on Papua insects which will be held in Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands (more details about this will follow)

- there will be a possibility to have your name monumentalized by the description of a new Papuan insect species. For details about this you can contact us

Register your “Friend of Papua Insects Foundation” by email to our secretary and transfer your donation under the specification “Friend of PIF” to:
Papua Insects Foundation
IBAN NL 10 INGB 0673660087
The Netherlands

You can also pay by PayPal using code:

For Dutch “Friends of Papua Insects Foundation” it may be interesting to know that the Papua Insects Foundation is an ANBI institution (tax nr. 8158.33.039), which means that your donation may be included in tax deductions every year at a rate of 1.25 times your donation (so € 20 is deductible for € 25)!




"SUGAPA digital" link on the homepage

Jumping from the homepage of Papua Insects to SUGAPA digital has now become very easy by the direct link on top of the homepage. In time the link to the SUGAPA abstracts will be removed because all original publications (pdf's) will be found on SUGAPA digital soon.

Thumbnail pages

Check the availability of thumbnail pages by this icon:

As usual new thumbnail galleries have been added to the website and more are yet to come. Renovations and corrections in the website are part of a daily practice to keep the website up to date and are ongoing. Here follows a list of the major novities on the website since last newsletter. Minor changes are numerous and you will understand that we cannot list those.


Appeal for more information on other insect groups and items for the next newsletter

At the moment we have contact with more than 50 entomologists in the world who more or less contribute to our website or promissed to do so. We would appreciate your cooperation to provide us of information and checklists of your specialism concerning New Guinea in general or Papua Indonesia in particular. If you know of some other specialists who potentially could be interested to contribute to our website, please let him/her know of us or inform us.

If you have interesting news or information to put in the next newsletter you are very welcome to. Please contact the webmaster to deliver and discuss your contribution.

We rely and depend on you!