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

by Rob de Vos




Papuasyntaxis metallescens (Rothschild, 1912)

[Oeonistis metallescens Rothschild, 1912] (holotype: Mt. Goliath, in BMNH)

endemic species!





STATUS: Only known from central Papua Indonesia, but it is to be expected from at least the central western part of Papua New Guinea. The species prefers higher altitudes and it is rather rare, though locally it can be common like in Pass Valley.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Bivak 40 (Star Mountains), Mt. Goliath (Mt. Yamin), Mokndoma, Pass Valley, Walmak (Nipsan). Details in gazetteer.


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









Draudt, M., 1914. In: Seitz, A. Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde 10: Spinner und Schwarmer des Indo-Australischen Gebiets, Arctiidae: 134-223. A. Kernen, Stuttgart.
Holloway, J.D., 2001. The Moths of Borneo, part 7: Family Arctiidae, subfamily Lithosiinae: 1-486 (8 plates). The Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.
Rothschild, L.W., 1912. New Lithosianae. Novitates Zoologicae 19(2): 212-246.
Strand, E., 1922. Lepidopterorum Catalogus 26: Arctiidae: Subfam. Lithosiinae: 501-899. W. Junk, Berlin.
Vos, R. de, 2009. The species of the genus Monosyntaxis Swinhoe from New Guinea, with description of a new species and the transfer of another to a new genus (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae, Lithosiinae). Suara Serangga Papua (SUGAPA) 4(1): 1-13.