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The Snouted Tigers (Lepidoptera: Erebidae, Aganainae) of Papua Indonesia

Snouted Tigers are rather large moths, partly day flying and atracted to light at night. They are most easily recognized by the typical wing shape, the usually bright colours and the large porrected palpae (snout). They have their distribution in Africa and Southeast Asia, with about 65 species, of which 11 occur in Papua. Little is yet known of their biology.

by Jaap H.H. Zwier


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The checklist is based on all relevant literature and collection material.

Listed Papua species: 11

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Agape Felder, 1874

chloropyga (Walker, 1854)
analis Walker. 1854
cyanopyga Felder, 1874

Asota Hübner, [1819]

australis (Boisduval, 1832)
ssp. australis (Boisduval, 1832)
aequalis Walker, 1864
lineata Rothschild, 1897
wollastoni Rothschild, 1915
anadota Tams, 1935
ssp. sinuosa Rothschild, 1897
septentrionalis Rothschild, 1897

caricae (Fabricius, 1775)
ssp. caricae (Fabricius, 1775)
alciphron Cramer, 1777
euroa Rothschild, 1897
anawa Swinhoe, 1903

eusemioides Felder, 1874
versicolor sensu Donovan, 1805 nec Fabricius, 1794

fulvia (Donovan, 1805)

heliconia (Linnaeus, 1758)
ssp. heliconia (Linnaeus, 1758)
ssp. doryca (Boisduval, 1832)

orbona (Vollenhoven, 1863)
ssp. significans (Walker, 1864)
intermedia Joicey & Noakes, 1915
talboti Prout, 1920
extrema Roepke, 1939 (?)
striata Roepke, 1939 (?)

plana (Walker, 1854)
ssp. commixta Rothschild, 1897

strigosa (Boisduval, 1832)

Neochera Hübner, [1819]

dominia (Cramer, 1780)
ssp. papuana Rothschild, 1896

Digama Moore, 1860

marmorea Butler, 1877


updated on 8th October 2022


Fibiger, M. & J.D. Lafontaine, 2005. A review of the higher classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera) with special reference to the Holarctic fauna. Esperiana 11: 59.
Zahiri, R., I.J. Kitching, J.D. Lafontaine, M. Mutanen, L. Kaila, J.D. Holloway & N. Wahlberg, 2010. A new molecular phylogeny offers hope for a stable family level classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera). Zoologica Scripta 2010: 1-16.
Zwier, J., 2009. Asota eusemioides Felder, 1874, a new identity for an old moth “versicolor”, from New Guinea. Sugapa 4(2): 46-51.