The Papua Insects Foundation
The Prominent Moths (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae, Dicranurinae) of Papua Indonesia
by Alexander Schintlmeister
Stauropus viridissimus Bethune-Baker, 1904
ssp. viridissimus Bethune-Baker, 1904
habrochlora Turner, 1922
Stauropus species in New Guinea are rather difficult to distinguish from each other. Stauropus affinis, however, is the darkest of the five species. Its forewings are dark greenish-grey with a paler green basal area, the hindwings with the inner half dark reddish brown. Stauropus schaarschmidti has paler greenish-grey forewings with a broad conspicuous dark transverse band on the basal half and a short grey subbasal hook on the dorsum (which is also visible in the female), the hindwings, like in affinis, with reddish brown inner half. Stauropus viridissimus is bright green, sometimes with a pale greyish apical part on the forewing, the hindwings with reddish brown inner half. Stauropus pratti is the smallest species with short forewings and a conspicuous white straight line from dorsum to the center of the wing, the hindwings with pale reddish brown on the inner half. Stauropus evanescens is the easiest to distinguish with its pale greenish forewings and dark oblique subbasal band and bluish green base, the hindwings with a yellowish inner half.
STATUS: A common species, widely distributed.
PAPUA LOCALITIES: Biak Island: Biak, Japanese cave, Menoerwar; Supiori Island: Nansfori; Numfor Island: Namber; New Guinea: Abmisibil, Ampas, Araucaria Camp, Hollandia (Jayapura), Kokas, Manokwari, Marina Valen, Nabire, Ngat Valley, Samabusa, Syoubri, Timeepa, Tuan Wowi, Walmak, Wasior. Details in gazetteer.
EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Kai (Key) Islands, Papua New Guinea, Australia.
DATA SOURCES: CMWM, KSP, RMNH, ZMAN, Joop Schaffers, Kristof Zyskowski.