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

by Rob de Vos



Creatonotos gangis (Linnaeus, 1763)

[Phalaena Bombyx gangis Linnaeus, 1763] (type not located)


interrupta Linnaeus, 1767
francisca Fabricius, 1787
continuatus Moore, 1877
nigrescens Rothschild, 1914 (infraspecific)
pallida Rothschild, 1914 (infraspecific)
feminatus Strand, 1919 (infraspecific)


This common species shows remarkable minor variation over a wide distribution area. Nevertheless an impressive list of synonyms of so called subspecies and forms was produced of which the relevant names for the region are mentioned here. In rare cases the interrupted black stripe along the forewing is continued. The ground colour can be pink or liver coloured while the abdomen can be bright red or orange.






STATUS: In the distribution area a common species, though in New Guinea less abundant.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Besum (nr Jayapura), Dojo (nr Jayapura), Getentiri (Merauke District), Ifar (nr Jayapura), Jiwika (Baliem Valley), Katem, Kouh (Merauke District), Merauke, Senepa (Asmat District), Senopi (Birdshead Peninsula), Sentani, Ubrub (Keerom River), Wamena. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: From West China and South Japan, through oriental Asia and Indonesia to North Australia.

DATA SOURCES: KSP, RMNH, ZSMC. Literature (see below).





Literature refering to New Guinea

Eecke, R. van, 1927. De Heterocera van Sumatra, IV. Zoologische Mededelingen, Leiden 10: 90-156.