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The Goat Moths (Lepidoptera: Cossidae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos


Chalcidica pallescens (Roepke, 1955)


archboldi (Roepke, 1955) infraspecific name

Taxonomical note

Roepke (1955) described pallescens from the Humboldt Bay as a subspecies from minea Cramer, 1779. Yakovlev (2011b) considered pallescens as a valid species. It is rather variable in New Guinea, ranging from pale to more common ochreous coloured specimens and more rarely the darkened specimens for which the infraspecific name archboldi Roepke (1955) may be used.










STATUS: A common species in Papua. Widely distributed but with a preference for lowland areas. There is a considerable variety in size of this species, dwarfs are common.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: Supiori Island: Nansfori; Biak Island: Korem, Japanese Cave; Numfor Island: Namber; New Guinea: Ampas, Aramsolki, Bernhard Camp, Depapre, Dotir (Wandammen), Getentiri, Jayapura, Kwerba, Manokwari, Mappi (Asmat District), Gn Meja Reserve, Nabire, Pim, Senopi, Sentani, Sorong, Tandia (Wandammen), Tekai (Keerom District), Uskwar, Vriendschap River, Waena, Wambes, Yamasy, Yongsu. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Papua New Guinea, Queensland, Solomon Islands.

DATA SOURCES: KSP, RMNH. Literature (see below).








Schoorl, J.W., 1990. A phylogenetic study on Cossidae (Lepidoptera: Ditrysia) based on external adult morphology. Zoölogische Verhandelingen 263: 1-295.

Yakovlev, R.V., 2011b. Catalogue of the Family Cossidae of the Old World (Lepidoptera). Neue Entomologische Nachrichten 66: 1-129.