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

by Rob de Vos





Amerila nigropunctata (Bethune-Baker, 1908)

[Rhodogastria nigropunctata Bethune-Baker, 1908] (holotype (TL: Ekeikei, PNG) in BMNH)

Similar species

Amerila nigropunctata at first sight resembles A. crokeri very much but can easily be distinguished by the red underside of the abdomen while in crokeri this is white (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 of both species are differently shaped and the forewing costa is more arched in nigropunctata than in crokeri. Furthermore the black dots dorsally on the thorax are much larger in nigropunctata.







STATUS: In Papua a rare species. It seems to prefer lowland or coastal areas but in PNG also known from mountainous areas. The wide gaps in its distribution in Papua are remarkable.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Asike, Mt. Bembab (Arfak), Depapre, Genyem, Merauke, Noordwijk (Jayapura), Sentani, Tami River, Yemang (Jayapura). Details in gazetteer.


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






Bethune-Baker, G.T., 1908. New Heterocera from British New Guinea. Novitates Zoologicae 15: 175-243.
Edwards, E.D., 1996. Arctiidae. In: Nielsen, E.S., E.D. Edwards & T.V. Rangsi, 1996. Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera 4: 1-529.
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.