The Papua Insects Foundation
The Hawkmoths (SPHINGIDAE, Macroglossinae) of Papua Indonesia
by Willem Hogenes
Theretra tabubilensis Lachlan, 2009
Just recently this sibling species of Theretra indistincta was discovered and described by Lachlan (2009). There are some external characters which distinguish both species quite easy. The ground colour of the forewings of indistincta is rather uniform grey, while in tabubilensis it is brownish. The obscure and fainted dark marking in the middle of the forewing is in indistincta large and crosses the oblique longitudinal line, in tabubilensis this marking is small and does not cross the oblique longitudinal line.
STATUS: It seems to be a rather common species which occurs sympatric with indistincta papuensis in Papua but is less frequently found than indistincta.
PAPUA LOCALITIES: Supiori Island: Nansfori; New Guinea: Abmisibil, Ampas, Genyem, Kouh, Mabilabol, Sentani, Walmak. Details in gazetteer.
EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Papua New Guinea.
DATA SOURCES: RMNH, ZMAN. Literature (see below)
Gorbunov, O.G. & A.N. Zamesov, 2014b. To the knowledge of Macroheterocera of Southeast Asia and New Guinea. II. Hawk moths (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) of Papua Province, Indonesia. Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea 2: 167-185.
Lachlan, R.B., 2009. Two new species of Gnathothlibus Wallengren from Fiji and Samoa and a new species of Theretra Hübner from New Guinea (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae). Records of the Australian Museum 61: 73-87.