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The Goat Moths (Lepidoptera: Cossidae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos


Zeuzera roricyanea Walker, 1862


neuropunctata Gaede, 1933


This species can be easily distinguished from the similar Zeuzera reticulata Joicey & Talbot, 2016 by the legs being almost unicoloured blackish in reticulata and alternately black and brown banded in roricyanea.









STATUS: Compared with the similar Zeuzera reticulata this species is in Papua much rarer. It probably is restricted to lowland areas. Yakovlev (2011b) places this species in the genus Neurozerra Yakovlev, 2011. For the time being this is not followed here because some other specialists have comments on his splitting the genus Zeuzera into 7 (new) genera, until more clearity has been presented.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Bernhard Camp, Sinimburu, Jayapura. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Malayan region, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea.

DATA SOURCES: 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.