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The Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos


Oxycanus toxopeusi (Viette, 1956)

[Paroxycanus toxopeusi Viette, 1956] (TL: Moss Forest Camp; type: RMNH)

endemic species



The species somewhat resembles Oxycanus postflavida, but the forewing pattern of that species is more delicate and unicolorous than toxopeusi. The male genitalia is depicted in the left figure.


















STATUS: A rare species, restricted to the central part of the Jayawijaya Mountains, West of the Baliem Valley.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Lake Habbema, Moss Forest Camp, Scree Valley Camp. Details in gazetteer.


DATA SOURCES: RMNH, Siep Sinnema. 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.