The Papua Insects Foundation
The Emerald Moths (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Geometrinae) of Papua Indonesia
by Rob de Vos
Remiformvalva rubellifrons (Warren, 1912)
STATUS: For a long time only known by the holotype in BMNH, recently 10 additional specimens were found in RMNH. Externally it is very similar to Thalassodes and Pelagodes species, but it is significally smaller than species in those genera. Furthermore the broadly golden yellow fringes without any punctation and the rufous front of the head are distinguishing characters.
PAPUA LOCALITIES: Waigeo Island: Saporkren; Biak Island: Japanese caves, Korem; Roon Island: Yende; New Guinea: Base G (Jayapura), Ifar, Gn. Meja Reserve, Ninay Valley, Sentani. Details in gazetteer.
EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: none.
DATA SOURCES: BMNH, RMNH, Siep Sinnema, Rob de Vos.