The Papua Insects Foundation
The Emerald Moths (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Geometrinae) of Papua Indonesia
by Rob de Vos
Tanaorhinus unipuncta Warren, 1899
ssp. unipuncta Warren, 1899
ssp. meforensis Prout, 1924
STATUS: A very common and conspicuous species. It always fools people who think that it belongs to the hooktips (Drepanidae). The underside of the males are orange, those of the females are dark grey to purplish. It occurs in lowland as well as at higher altitudes. On the island Numfor it seems it is represented by ssp. meforensis. More research is needed to confirm this or if it is just island variation.
PAPUA LOCALITIES: Waigeo Island: Camp Nok; New Guinea: Abmisibil, Ampas, Baliem Valley, Basisbivak (Star Mts Exp.), Bilogai, Bivak 39a (Star Mts Exp.), Demaisi, Fakfak, Mt. Goliath, Keerom, Mt. Kunupi, Landikma, Lelambo, Mabilabol, Meni, Modio, Mokwam, Ninay Valley, Nomnagihé, Oksibil, Omban, Pass Valley, Sabron Camp (Cyclops), Senopi, Sibil, Sinimburu, Syoubri, Timeepa, Ubrub, Uskwar, Utakwa River, Walmak, Wambes, Wandammen Mts, Warkapi, Wembi. Details in gazetteer.
EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Papua New Guinea.
DATA SOURCES: BMNH, RMNH, Gigi Lai, Sandra Lamberts, Jean Michel, Joop Schaffers, Siep Sinnema, Hiroaki Takerouchi, Peter Jan de Vries, Gilbert Zakine, Kristof Zyskowski.