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The Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos


Oxycanus novaeguineensis (Viette, 1950)

[Paraoxycanus novaeguineensis Viette, 1950] (TL: Paniai; type: RMNH)

endemic species



Oxycanus novaeguineensis shows a wide range of variation and makes it therefore very difficult to distinguish it from other related species. This variation resembles that of the other common species Oxycanus diakonoffi but novaeguineensis is larger and the forewing pattern is less marbled, more uniformely coloured. The male genitalia (left figure) form the best characters for 100 % certainty.








STATUS: A common species. It seems to prefer moderate mountainous areas.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Ampas, Bilogai, Paniai, Pass Valley, Waris. Details in gazetteer.


DATA SOURCES: RMNH, 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.
Viette, P.L., 1950. Contribution a l'etude des Hepialidae (22eme note), Hepialidae du Musee de Leiden. Zoologische Mededeelingen, Leiden 31(7): 67-77.