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

by Rob de Vos



Amerila crokeri (MacLeay, 1826)

[Euprepia crokeri MacLeay, 1826] (type not located but probably in Australia)

ssp. bakeri (Rothschild, 1914) [Rhodogastria bakeri] (type: New Guinea, not located)
Rhodogastria kajana Bryk, 1913 (type: New Guinea, not located)

Similar species

Amerila crokeri at first sight resembles A. nigropunctata very much but can easily be distinguished by the white underside of the abdomen while in nigropunctata this is red (see pictures below). The hindwing of crokeri is for the greater part subhyaline while in nigropunctata it is opaque dark brown. The white basal field on the forewing is in both species differently shaped and the forewing costa is more arched in nigropunctata than in crokeri.







STATUS: A common species and widely distributed from New Guinea, Northeast Australia to the Solomon Islands. Subspecies bakeri is only distributed in New Guinea.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: ssp. bakeri: New Guinea: Abmisibil, Affi, Ampas, Anggi Lakes (Arfak), Arfak Mts., Borme (Star Mts.), Demaisi, Depapre, Genyem, Mt. Goliath, Ifar, Keerom River, Mt. Kunupi (Kobowre Mts.), Kwerba (Foja Mts.), Lelambo, Mabilabol (Oksibil), Maibrik, Nabire, Ninay Valley (Arfak), Nomnagihé, Pass Valley, Senopi, Sentani, Setekwa River, Taja Rifi, Ubrub, Uskwar, Utakwa River, Walmak (Nipsan), Wandammen Mts., Warkapi, Yahukimo (Nipsan), Yuruf. Details in gazetteer.


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





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Hampson, G.F., 1920. Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae. Supplement, volume 2. Catalogue of the Lithosiadae (Arctianae) and Phalaenoididae in the collection of the British Museum: 619 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.
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.