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The Tigermoths (Erebidae, Arctiinae, Arctiini) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos

Amerila caudipennis (Walker, [1865])

[Creatonotos caudipennis Walker, [1865]] (type not located, Aru))

Similar species

Male and female of Amerila caudipennis are quite different. The males can hardly be confused with another species but the females of caudipennis resemble more or less males and females of astreus. The lobe in the tornus of the hindwing, however, is in caudipennis much larger than in astreus (see pictures below). The red colour of the abdomen is in females of caudipennis brighter than in astreus.







STATUS: Very common and widely distributed from Aru through New Guinea to the Bismarck Archipelago. Found mostly at higher altitudes but also recorded from lower areas.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Abmisibil, Ampas, Arfak Mts., Bhayangkara (Jayapura district), Bilai, Bilogai, Depapre, Dotir (Wandammen), Fakfak, Foja Mts., Genyem, Mt. Goliath, Humboldt Bay, Jayapura, Keerom, Mt. Kunupi (Kobowre Mts.), Kwerba, Langda, Lelambo, Mabilabol (Oksibil), Manunggal, Marina Valen, Mokndoma, Nabire, Ninay Valley (Arfak), Pass Valley, Rasiei, Sarmi, Sentani, Setekwa River, Taja Rifi, Tandia, Taritatu River, Timeepa, Ubrub, Uskwar, Utakwa River, Walmak (Nipsan), Wandammen Mts., Warkapi, Yuruf. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Aru, Papua New Guinea, New Britain.

DATA SOURCES: BMNH, CMWM, KSP, RMNH, ZMAN. Literature (see below).




Hampson, G.F., 1901. Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum 3. Catalogue of the Arctiadae (Arctianae) and Agaristidae in the collection of the British Museum: 690 pp. British Museum, London.
Häuser, C.L., 1993. A critical catalogue of species-group names of the genus Amerila Walker, 1855 (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae). Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo 13(3a): 365-392.
Rothschild, L.W., 1914. In: Seitz, A. Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde 10: Spinner und Schwarmer des Indo-Australischen Gebiets, Arctiidae: 236-263. A. Kernen, Stuttgart.
Strand, E., 1919. Lepidopterorum Catalogus 22: Arctiidae: Subfam. Arctiinae: 1-416. W. Junk, Berlin.
Swinhoe, C., 1892. Catalogue of Eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of The Oxford Museum, part I, Sphinges and Bombyces: 324 pp. At The Clarendon Press, Oxford.
Walker, F., 1864 [1865]. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, XXXI. Supplement: 1-321. Trustees British Museum, London.
Zamesov, A.N. & O.G. Gorbunov, 2014. To the knowledge of Macroheterocera of Southeast Asia and New Guinea. III. Tiger moths (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae: Arctiinae) of Papua Province, Indonesia. Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea 2: 437-448.