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The Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos


Oxycanus subochracea (Joicey & Talbot, 1917)

[Porina subochracea Joicey & Talbot, 1917] (TL: Wandammen Mts.; type: BMNH)


Porina argentipuncta Joicey & Talbot, 1917
Oxycanus subochrea sensu Viette, 1950 and Tindale, 1955 (misspelling)


This is a large species and therefore rather easily to distinguish from other Oxycanus species. Oxycanus tamsi is of about the same size but is much darker. The most certain identification, however, is by the study of the male genitalia (left picture).







STATUS: Widely distributed in New Guinea.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Carstensz Peak (Puncak Jaya), Gita Lake (Anggi Lakes), Wandammen Peninsula. 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.
Joicey, J.J. & G. Talbot, 1917. New Heterocera from Dutch New Guinea. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (8)20: 50-87.
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.
Viette, P.L., 1950. Contribution a l'etude des Hepialidae (22eme note), Hepialidae du Musee de Leiden. Zoologische Mededeelingen, Leiden 31(7): 67-77.