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

by Rob de Vos

Dysphania tentans (Walker, [1865])

ssp. tentans (Walker, [1865])
velata Bastelberger, 1905

ssp. schoutensis Joicey & Talbot, 1916





STATUS: A common species found in lowland and at moderate altitudes. On Biak Island a slightly darker form (especially in the female) is found which is considered to be a subspecies. A distinguishing character with Dysphania poeyii is the shape of the broad median band on the forewing and the subhyaline basal field on the hindwing in tentans.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: ssp. schoutensis: Biak Island: Bosnik; ssp. tentans: Misool Island; Waigeo Island; Mansinam Island; New Guinea: achterland Hollandia, Affi, Ampas, Andai, Ayamaru, Base Camp (Utakwa River), Borme, Canoe Camp (Utakwa River), Dorey (Manokwari), Dotir, Eilanden River, Fakfak, Hollandia, Humboldt Bay, Ifar, Jimika (East Paniai), Kapaur (Fakfak), Kloofbivak, Merauke, Miei, Mimika River, Momi, Nawi, Nomnagihé, Omban, Parfi, Pionierbivak, Prauwenbivak, Upper Setekwa River, Sorong, Lower Utakwa River, Wai Sa River (Kobowre Mts), Wangaar, Werba, Windesi, Yaour (Wandammen). Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Obi, Aru Islands, Papua New Guinea, Trobriand Islands, Kiriwini

DATA SOURCES: BMNH, KSP, OXUM, RMNH, Siep Sinnema, Peter Jan de Vries.