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The Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos


Oxycanus thoe Tindale, 1955

[Oxycanus thoe Tindale, 1955] (TL: Wasior, Wandammen Peninsula; type: BMNH)

endemic species


The species shows a variation comparable with that of other common Oxycanus species. A certain identification is only possible with study of the male genitalia (left figure).







STATUS: A rather rare species, but probably wider distributed than presently known.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Mabilabol, Wasior (Wandammen). Details in gazetteer.


DATA SOURCES: BMNH, 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.
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.