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The Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos


Oxycanus xois Tindale, 1955

[Oxycanus xois Tindale, 1955] (TL: Dohunsehik (Arfak Mts.); type: BMNH)

endemic species

male genitalia







STATUS: A rare species, restricted to the Arfak Mountains.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Anggi Lakes, Dohunsehik. Details in gazetteer.


DATA SOURCES: BMNH. 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.