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The Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos


Oxycanus tyres (Viette, 1956)

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

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). The pattern of speckles and silvery spots is somewhat coarser than in other species.







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

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Letterbox Camp, Moss Forest 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.