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The Tigermoths (Erebidae, Arctiinae, Arctiini) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos

Spilaethalida turbida (Butler, 1882)

[Spilarctia turbida Butler, 1882] (holotype: Duke of York Island, Bismarck Arch., PNG, in BMNH)

Diacrisia turbida sordidior (holotype: Biagi, Mambare River, PNG, in BMNH)
Diacrisia turbida montana Rothschild, 1910 [homonym] (holotype: Angabunga River, PNG, in BMNH)
Diacrisia turbida alpina Rothschild, 1914 [nom.nov.]





STATUS: Common. It has no particular preference for any altitude, though it seems that it is more abundant at lower altitudes.It is striking that most records come from localities near large river systems. A possible connection to this habitat is not known.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Abmisibil (Star Mts.), Ampas, Brazza River, Genyem, Getentiri (Merauke District), Ifar (Jayapura District), Jayapura, Josko (Tami River), Kouh (Merauke District), Kwerba (Sarmi District), Kwimi (Arso District), Kwiniri (Jayapura District), Prauwenbivak, Sabron Camp (Cyclops), Salor (nr Merauke), Sentani, Sibil (Star Mts.), Tami River, Ubrub (Keerom River), Uskwar (Arso District), Wembi (Arso District), Wendane (Jayapura District). Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: ssp. turbida: Bismarck Archipelago; ssp. sordidior: Papua New Guinea, D'Entrecasteaux Islands; ssp. meeki (Druce, 1899): Trobriand Islands; ssp. woodlarkiana (Rothschild, 1910): Woodlark Island.

DATA SOURCES: BMNH, KSP, RMNH, ZMAN, ZSMC. Literature (see below).





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Eecke, R. van, 1924. List of the Lepidoptera collected by Mr. W.C. van Heurn during an exploration-expedition in Dutch North New Guinea. Nova Guinea 15: 33-56.
Hampson, G.F., 1920. Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae. Supplement, volume 2. Catalogue of the Lithosiadae (Arctianae) and Phalaenoididae in the collection of the British Museum: 619 pp. British Museum, London.
Meyrick, E., 1889. On some Lepidoptera from New Guinea. The Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 1889: 455-522.
Rothschild, L.W., 1910. Catalogue of the Arctianae in the Tring Museum, with notes and descriptions of new species II. Novitates Zoologicae 17(2): 113-171.
Rothschild, L.W., 1914. In: Seitz, A.: Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde 10: Spinner und Schwarmer des Indo-Australischen Gebiets, Arctiidae: 236-263. A. Kernen, Stuttgart.
Rothschild, L.W., 1916. On the Lepidoptera in the Tring Museum sent by Mr. A.S. Meek from the Admiralty Islands, Dampier and Vulcan Islands. Novitates Zoologicae 23(3): 319-334.
Strand, E., 1919. Lepidopterorum Catalogus 22: Arctiidae: Subfam. Arctiinae: 1-416. W. Junk, Berlin.
Vos, R. de & D. Suhartawan, 2011. The Spilosoma group of species from New Guinea and adjacent islands (Lepidoptera: Erebidae, Arctiinae, Arctiini). In: Telnov, D., 2011. Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea, Vol. I: 299-333.
Zamesov, A.N. & O.G. Gorbunov, 2014. To the knowledge of Macroheterocera of Southeast Asia and New Guinea. III. Tiger moths (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae: Arctiinae) of Papua Province, Indonesia. Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea 2: 437-448.