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The Fruit Piercer Moths (Lepidoptera: Erebidae, Calpinae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos & Alberto Zilli

Note: Just recently the large family Noctuidae has been revised by DNA analysis at higher taxonomic level (Zahiri et al, 2010; 2011) which resulted in a new arrangement of the traditional subfamilies within Noctuidae, Erebidae, Euteliidae and Nolidae. Former families as Lymantriidae and Arctiidae are now placed as subfamilies in the Erebidae! Although the DNA research at these taxa has not reached the end yet it has become clear that the new classification shows a more correct arrangement than the traditional one does. We follow the latest results.


The Calpinae are in Papua represented by the following tribus and species groups:

Calpini - Ophiderini - Phyllodini - unassigned genera


Tribus Calpini

Axiocteta Turner, 1902

babooni Bethune-Baker, 1906
metaleuca Hampson, 1926

concolora Bethune-Baker, 1906
eucampina Hampson, 1926

flava Bethune-Baker, 1906

obliqua Bethune-Baker, 1906

rufa Bethune-Baker, 1906

subuniformis Rothschild, 1915 [status uncertain]

turneri Bethune-Baker, 1906

Calyptra Ochsenheimer, 1816

minuticornis (Guenée, 1852)
novaepommeraniae (Strand, 1919)

Oraesia Guenée, 1852

argyrosigna Moore, [1884]

Plusiodonta Guenée, 1852

multicolora (Bethune-Baker, 1906)

tripuncta (Bethune-Baker, 1906)

Stygionyx Hampson, 1926

montana (Joicey & Talbot, 1917)


tribus Ophiderini

Eudocima Billberg, 1820
Sg. Adris Moore, 1881

prolai Zilli & Hogenes, 2002

Sg. Elygea Billberg, 1820

materna (Linnaeus, 1767)

Sg. Eudocima Billberg, 1820

nigricilia (Prout, 1924)

salaminia (Cramer, [1777])

Sg. Khadira Moore, 1881

aurantia (Moore, 1877)
rutilus (Moore, 1881)

Sg. Othreis Hübner, [1823]

iridescens (Lucas, 1894)

jordani (Holland, 1900)

kuehni (Pagenstecher, 1886)
pratti (Bethune-Baker, 1906)

phalonia (Linnaeus, 1763)
fullonia (Clerck, [1764])
fullonica (Linnaeus, 1767)
dioscoreae (Fabricius, 1775)
pomona (Cramer, 1775)
princeps (Boisduval, 1832)
obliterans (Walker, 1857)

talboti (Prout, 1922)

Sg. Rhytia Hübner, [1823]

cocalus (Cramer, [1777])
maculata (Weber, 1801)
plana (Walker, [1858])
crepidolata (Lucas, 1894)

muscigera (Butler, 1882)


Tribus Phyllodini

Phyllodes Boisduval, 1832

conspicillator (Cramer, 1777)
conspicillatrix (Hübner, [1823])
inspicillator Guenée, 1852
pura Rothschild, 1915

imperialis Druce, 1888
papuana Hampson, 1913

diversipalpus Prout, 1924

tribus unassigned

Goniocraspedon Hampson, 1893

aroa Bethune-Baker, 1908

Ilyrgis Walker, 1859

concolor Bethune-Baker, 1908
capnosia Hampson, 1926
intacta Hampson, m.s.

olivacea (Rothschild, 1915)

Ilyrgodes Hampson, 1926

brunneata (Bethune-Baker, 1908)

perfumida Hampson, 1926

Parapadna Hampson, 1926

plumbea (Rothschild, 1915)

Schistorhynx Hampson, 1898

argentistriga Hampson, 1898

Synolulis Hampson, 1926

diascia Hampson, 1926

ekeikei (Bethune-Baker, 1908)

punctitorna (Bethune-Baker, 1908)

rhodinastis (Meyrick, 1902)
rhodea (Turner, 1903)

last updated 12th November 2017


Zahiri, R., I.J. Kitching, J.D. Lafontaine, M. Mutanen, L. Kaila, J.D. Holloway & N. Wahlberg, 2010. A new molecular phylogeny offers hope for a stable family level classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera). Zoologica Scripta 2010: 1-16.
Zahiri, R., J.D. Holloway, I.J. Kitching, J.D. Lafontaine, M. Mutanen & N. Wahlberg, 2011. Molecular phylogenetics of Erebidae (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea). Systematic Entomology doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3113.2011.00607.x.
Zilli, A., V.A. Brou, C. Klem & J. Zaspel, 2017. The Eudocima Billberg, 1820 of the Australian Region (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Calpinae). In: Telnov, D. et al. (eds) 2017: Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea, III: 631-655, plates 152-166.