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The Emerald Moths (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Geometrinae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos

Dysphania poeyii (Guérin-Méneville, [1838])

ssp. poeyii (Guérin-Méneville, [1838])
flavifrons Strand, 1912
mars (Boisduval, 1832)
martiaria (Guenée, [1858])

ssp. remota (Walker, [1865])
agorius (Boisduval, 1832)
albimacula Thierry-Mieg, 1905
auctata Thierry-Mieg, 1905
auriplena Thierry-Mieg, 1905
bernsteinii (Felder, 1874)
decoloratula Strand, 1912
vulcanus Thierry-Mieg, 1907







STATUS: A variable and rather common species. The dividing in two subspecies is rather obscure and mainly based on the pattern of the females. It is therefore doubtful if this is justified. There is a broad range of variety which seems endless. Males and females both can have white or yellow pattern. A distinguishing character with Dysphania tentans is the shape of the broad median band on the forewing and the subhyaline basal field on the hindwing in tentans.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: ssp. remota: Waigeo Island; Salawati Island; Misool Island. ssp. poeyii: Japen Island: Ansus; Mioswaar Island; New Guinea: Etna Bay, Humboldt Bay, Kapaur (Fakfak), Momi, Nomnagihé, Sorong, Wangaar, Wendesi. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Seram, Aru Islands, Batjan, Halmahera, Obi Island, Kai Islands.