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The Prominent Moths (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae, Dicranurinae) of Papua Indonesia

by Alexander Schintlmeister




Stauropus schaarschmidti Schintlmeister, 2003

endemic species!


Stauropus species in New Guinea are rather difficult to distinguish from each other. Stauropus affinis, however, is the darkest of the five species. Its forewings are dark greenish-grey with a paler green basal area, the hindwings with the inner half dark reddish brown. Stauropus schaarschmidti has paler greenish-grey forewings with a broad conspicuous dark transverse band on the basal half and a short grey subbasal hook on the dorsum (which is also visible in the female), the hindwings, like in affinis, with reddish brown inner half. Stauropus viridissimus is bright green, sometimes with a pale greyish apical part on the forewing, the hindwings with reddish brown inner half. Stauropus pratti is the smallest species with short forewings and a conspicuous white straight line from dorsum to the center of the wing, the hindwings with pale reddish brown on the inner half. Stauropus evanescens is the easiest to distinguish with its pale greenish forewings and dark oblique subbasal band and bluish green base, the hindwings with a yellowish inner half.







STATUS: Endemic in the western half of New Guinea. A rather common species which is recognizable by the greenish-grey forewings with a broad conspicuous dark band in the basal half and a fine grey dorsal hook at the innerside of the dark band.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Abmisibil, Bilai, Mist Camp, Mokwam, Nabire, Pass Valley, Timeepa, Walmak. Details in gazetteer.