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The Goat Moths (Lepidoptera: Cossidae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos


Trismelasmos papuana (Roepke, 1955)

Taxonomical note

Trismelasmos papuana is at first sight very similar in pattern to T. elegans. However, the pattern of T. papuana has much more contrast because of the paler (often white) ground colour, although in the females this seems reverse. Trismelasmos papuana is generally larger than T. elegans.







STATUS: A widely distributed and common species. Very similar to T. elegans but which is smaller and darker.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: Biak Island; Yapen Island: Ambaidiru; New Guinea: Ampas, Arso, Asike (Merauke District), Bagia, Bernhard Camp, Bilogai, Demaisi, Fakfak, Jayapura, Jembatan Dua, Mokwam, Om, Pim, Sorong, Tandia (Wandammen), Tekai, Twio, Uskwar, Wambes, Yuwanaim (Keerom), Yuwong (Keerom). Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Papua New Guinea, Dampier Island.

DATA SOURCES: coll. Siegfried Ihle, RMNH, ZMAN. Literature (see below).








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