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The Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos



Oxycanus fuliginosa (Rothschild, 1915)

[Porina fuliginosa Rothschild, 1915] (TL: Carstensz Peak; type: BMNH)

endemic species


This species shows not much variation, only in the intensity of the pattern of ocelli on the forewing. Almost uniform brown coloured specimens occur. This, in combination with the typical brown coloured hindwings are quite diagnostic for the species. The male genitalia are depicted in the left figure.







STATUS: Not a common species. Found in the Central Mountain Range in the Snow Mountains and West from the Baliem Valley.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Carstensz Peak, Lake Habbema, Letterbox Camp, Moss Forest Camp, Scree Valley Camp. Details in gazetteer.


DATA SOURCES: BMNH, RMNH. 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.
Rothschild, W., 1915. Lepidoptera of the British Ornithologists' Union and Wollaston Expeditions in the Snow Mountains, Southern Dutch New Guinea, Macrolepidoptera: 1-148. Zoological Museum, Tring.