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

by Rob de Vos

Spilosoma alberti (Rothschild, 1914)

Diacrisia meeki Rothschild, 1910 (homonym) nec Druce, 1899 (lectotype: Angabunga River, PNG, in BMNH)
Diacrisia alberti Rothschild, 1914 (nom.nov.)
Spilosoma meeci sensu Hampson, 1920 [misspelling]

Taxonomic note

The species was originally described as Diacrisia meeki Rothschild, 1910, but this is a homonym of meeki Druce, 1899 (now a subspecies of turbida Butler, 1882). Rothschild himself corrected his mistake in 1914 by introducing a new name, alberti.





STATUS: A common species. Restricted to mountainous areas at high altitudes (1200 - 2150 meters). Males are rather common at light and show some variation in ground colour and contrast of the transverse lines. Females are rarely collected.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Abmisibil, Bidogai (Bilogai), Bivak 39 (Star Mts), Mt. Goliath (Star Mts.), Ilaga, Mt. Kunupi (Kobowre Mts.), Mistkamp, Mokndoma, Nipsan (Walmak), Paniai, Pass Valley, Topkamp. Details in gazetteer.


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







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.
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.
Strand, E., 1919. Lepidopterorum Catalogus 22: Arctiidae: Subfam. Arctiinae: 416 pp. W. Junk, Berlin.
Vos, R. de & D. Suhartawan, 2011. The Spilosoma group of species from New Guinea and adjacent islands (Lepidoptera: Erebidae, Arctiinae, Arctiini). In: Telnov, D., 2011. Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea, Vol. I: 299-333.