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The Snouted Tigers (Lepidoptera: Erebidae, Aganainae) of Papua Indonesia

Snouted Tigers are rather large moths, partly day flying and atracted to light at night. They are most easily recognized by the typical wing shape, the usually bright colours and the large porrected palpae (snout). They have their distribution in Africa and Southeast Asia, with about 65 species, of which 10 occur in Papua. Little is yet known of their biology.

by Jaap H.H. Zwier


Note: Just recently the large family Noctuidae has been revised by DNA analysis at higher taxonomic level (Zahiri et al, 2010) which resulted in a new arrangement of the traditional subfamilies within Noctuidae, Erebidae, Euteliidae and Nolidae. Former families as Aganaidae, Lymantriidae and Arctiidae are now placed as subfamilies in the Erebidae! Although the DNA research at these taxa has not reached the end yet it has become clear that the new classification shows a more correct arrangement than the traditional one does. We follow the latest results.

More about Aganainae (also outside Papua) you will find on

The checklist is based on all relevant literature and collection material.

Listed Papua species: 11 [no endemics for Papua]

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Agape Felder, 1874

chloropyga (Walker, 1854)
analis Walker. 1854
cyanopyga Felder, 1874

Asota Hübner, [1819]

australis (Boisduval, 1832)
ssp. australis (Boisduval, 1832)
aequalis Walker, 1864
lineata Rothschild, 1897
wollastoni Rothschild, 1915
anadota Tams, 1935
ssp. sinuosa Rothschild, 1897
septentrionalis Rothschild, 1897

caricae (Fabricius, 1775)
ssp. caricae (Fabricius, 1775)
alciphron Cramer, 1777
euroa Rothschild, 1897
anawa Swinhoe, 1903

eusemioides Felder, 1874
versicolor sensu Donovan, 1805 nec Fabricius, 1794

fulvia (Donovan, 1805)

heliconia (Linnaeus, 1758)
ssp. heliconia (Linnaeus, 1758)
ssp. doryca (Boisduval, 1832)

orbona (Vollenhoven, 1863)
ssp. significans (Walker, 1864)
intermedia Joicey & Noakes, 1915
talboti Prout, 1920
extrema Roepke, 1939 (?)
striata Roepke, 1939 (?)

plana (Walker, 1854)
ssp. commixta Rothschild, 1897

strigosa (Boisduval, 1832)

Neochera Hübner, [1819]

dominia (Cramer, 1780)
ssp. papuana Rothschild, 1896

Digama Moore, 1860

marmorea Butler, 1877


[updated on 5th May 2011]


Fibiger, M. & J.D. Lafontaine, 2005. A review of the higher classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera) with special reference to the Holarctic fauna. Esperiana 11: 59.
Zahiri, R., I.J. Kitching, J.D. Lafontaine, M. Mutanen, L. Kaila, J.D. Holloway & N. Wahlberg, 2010. A new molecular phylogeny offers hope for a stable family level classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera). Zoologica Scripta 2010: 1-16.
Zwier, J., 2009. Asota eusemioides Felder, 1874, a new identity for an old moth “versicolor”, from New Guinea. Sugapa 4(2): 46-51.