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

by Rob de Vos

Spilosoma holobrunnea (Joicey & Talbot, 1916)

[Diacrisia holobrunnea Joicey & Talbot, 1916] (holotype: Anggi Lakes, Arfak, in BMNH)

Actually the male of holobrunnea is unknown. However, far away from the type location of holobrunnea, males are found which externally match with the female holotype (note the resemblance of the still visible pattern on the mainly plain coloured female).






STATUS: Very rare, in fact only known by 1 female (holotype) from the Arfak Mountains in Papua. Possible males (see above) are found in PNG. Probably restricted to mountainous areas.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Anggi Lakes (Arfak). Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Probably Papua New Guinea (Patianda Watut, Morobe District).

DATA SOURCES: BMNH, CMWM. 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.
Joicey, J.J. & G. Talbot, 1916. Heterocera. in: Joicey, J.J., A. Noakes & G. Talbot, 1916. New Lepidoptera from Dutch New Guinea. The Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 1915: 361-386.
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.