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

by Rob de Vos

Paramsacta marginata (Donovan, 1805)

[Phalaena Bombyx marginata Donovan, 1805] (type: "New Holland" [= Australia], type not located)

ssp. punctipennis (Butler, 1876) [Areas punctipennis] (holotype: Cape York, Australia, in BMNH)
Amsacta marginata punctipennis f. flaveola Rothschild, 1914 (infraspecific name)
Paramsacta pura Hulstaert, 1923 (syntypes: Okaba, South Papua, in RMNH)

Sexual dimorphism

The subspecies punctipennis is quite different from the nomotypical one. The wings in the male of punctipennis are pure glossy white, apart from the always red costa (pura Hulstaert, 1923). Females have the hindwings with black marginal spots and usually a stigma spot (punctipennis Butler, 1876). The nomotypical subspecies from Australia is never pure white with often some blackish veins.






STATUS: In Papua rather rare, in PNG and Australia more abundant. It seems restricted to lowland areas near the coast. It probably prefers wetland areas like river deltas and swamps.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Digul River, Fakfak, Merauke, Okaba, Tami River. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Papua New Guinea, North Australia.

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







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Dubatolov, V.V., 2004. A new genus is established for Bombyx lineola Fabricius, 1793, with systematic notes on the genus Aloa Walker, 1855 (Lepidoptera, Arctiidae). Atalanta 35(3/4): 403-413.
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 [278-285].
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Hampson, G.F., 1901. Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum 3. Catalogue of the Arctiadae (Arctianae) and Agaristidae in the collection of the British Museum: 690 pp. British Museum, London.
Hulstaert, R.G., 1923. On Lepidoptera from New Guinea, Kei, Tenimber, the Philippines, and Australia. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (9)11: 178-190.
Meyrick, E., 1889. On some Lepidoptera from New Guinea. The Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 1889: 455-522.
Roepke, W., 1946. The Lithosiids collected by Dr. L.J. Toxopeus in Central Celebes, with remarks on some allied species. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 87: 77-91.
Rothschild, L.W., 1910. Catalogue of the Arctianae in the Tring Museum, with notes and descriptions of new species II. Novitates Zoologicae 17(2): 113-171.
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.
Rothschild, L.W., 1916. On the Lepidoptera in the Tring Museum sent by Mr. A.S. Meek from the Admiralty Islands, Dampier and Vulcan Islands. Novitates Zoologicae 23(3): 319-334.
Strand, E., 1919. Lepidopterorum Catalogus 22: Arctiidae: Subfam. Arctiinae: 1-416. W. Junk, Berlin.
Thomas, W. & D. Goodger, 1993. Aloa Walker 1855 and Amsacta Walker 1855, two distinct genera of Arctiidae (Lepidoptera). Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo 13(3a): 297-305.
Watson, A., D.S. Fletcher & I.W.B. Nye, 1980. The Generic Names of Moths of the World, Volume 2. Noctuoidea (part): Arctiidae, Cocytiidae, Ctenuchidae, Dilobidae, Dioptidae, Lymantriidae, Notodontidae, Strepsimanidae, Thaumetopoeidae, Thyretidae: 228 pp. Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History), London.