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

by Rob de Vos

Nyctemera (Nyctemera) clathratum (Vollenhoven, 1863)

[Leptosoma clathratum Snellen van Vollenhoven, 1863] (holotype: Ambon, in RMNH)


Leptosoma absurdum Swinhoe, 1892 (holotype: Salawati, in OXUM)


There is a minor variation in extension of the white pattern in specimens from Ambon and Seram and those from the Raja Ampat Islands. Those from the latter are somewhat darker with slightly reduced white on both, fore and hindwing. The single specimen known from Misool lacks the dark veination on the hindwing. A specimen from Roon shows again the typical phenotype from the Moluccas (see above).






STATUS: Not very common, in Papua rare. The occurance of this species on Roon is most peculiar. Its complete distribution is probably insufficiently known. It is, however, striking that the species is only found on (small) islands and not on the mainland of New Guinea.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: Waigeo: Camp Nok; Salawati; Misool; Roon. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: In the Moluccas on Ambon, Saparua and Seram.

DATA SOURCES: BMNH, RMNH, SNSD. Literature (see below).






Literature refering to Papua records

Bryk, F., 1937. Lepidopterorum Catalogus, 82: Arctiidae, Subfam.: Callimorphinae et Nyctemerinae: 1-105. W. Junk, 's-Gravenhage.
Pagenstecher, A., 1901. Über die Gattung Nyctemera Hübn. und Ihre Verwandten. Jahrbücher des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde 54: 91-175.
Seitz, A., 1915. VI. Subfamilie: Callimorphinae & VII. Subfamilie: Nyctemerinae. In: A. Seitz (ed.). Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde 10: Spinner und Schwärmer des Indo-Australischen Gebiets: 264-290. A. Kernen, Stuttgart.
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.
Swinhoe, C., 1903. On the Genus Deilemera Hübner. The Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 1903: 53-85.
Vos, R. de, 2007. Revision of the Nyctemera clathratum complex (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 150: 39-54.