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The Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos



Oxycanus dives Tindale, 1955

[Oxycanus dives Tindale, 1955] (TL: Mt. Kunupi, Menoo Valley, Weyland Mts; type: BMNH)

endemic species



This is a large species and therefore rather easy to recognize, but some pale varieties resemble those from the equaly large sized O. tamsi Tindale, 1955. The forewings are stretched. Like in most other Oxycanus species there is a wide range of varieties. The species is only with certainty identified by the male genitalia (left figure).







STATUS: Rather common.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Beehive Camp, Mt. Kunupi (Weyland Mts), Langda, Mabilabol, Pass Valley. Details in gazetteer.


DATA SOURCES: BMNH, ZMAN. Literature (see below).







Nielsen, E.S., G.S. Robinson & D.L. Wagner, 2000. Ghost-moths of the world: a global inventory and bibliography of the Exoporia (Mnesarchaeoidea and Hepialoidea) (Lepidoptera). Journal of Natural History 34: 823–878.
Tindale, N.B., 1955. Revision of the ghost moths (Lepidoptera Homoneura, Family Hepialidae). Part VI. Records of the South Australian Museum 11(4): 307-344.