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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)

endemic species


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.


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.