The Papua Insects Foundation
The Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) of Papua Indonesia
by Rob de Vos
Oxycanus snelleni (Viette, 1956)
[Paraoxycanus snelleni Viette, 1956] (TL: Lake Habbema; type: RMNH)
This species resembles more or less Oxycanus nigra and is certainly closely related. However, Oxycanus snelleni has more contrast and the ground colour is paler brown instead of blackish brown in nigra, but this species is most easily to identify from all others by its conspicuous bipectinate antenna. The male genitalia are depicted in the left figure.
STATUS: A rare species. Only known from West of the Baliem Valley.
PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Lake Habbema, Moss Forest Camp, Scree Valley Camp. Details in gazetteer.
EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: none.
DATA SOURCES: 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.
Viette, P.L., 1956. Contribution a l'etude des Hepialidae (Lepidoptera) (32eme note). Hepialidae de Nouvelle-Guinee. Nova Guinea, new series 7(1): 41-58.