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Published: 2020-07-08

Four new species of Splendid Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae: Aenetus) from Australia and Papua New Guinea

Biological and Earth Sciences, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
Biological and Earth Sciences, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
Research Associate. McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA.
Biological and Earth Sciences, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
Biological and Earth Sciences, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia University of South Australia, Clinical and Health Sciences, SA 5000, Australia
Lepidoptera Aenetus albadamanteum Aenetus maiasinus Aenetus simonseni Aenetus trigonogrammus Australasia biogeography COI DNA barcodes taxonomy

Abstract

Four new Aenetus Herrich-Schäffer species are described from northern Australasia; Aenetus simonseni sp. nov. from the top-end of the Northern Territory, Australia, A. maiasinus sp. nov. from the Kimberley region of Western Australia, A. trigonogrammus sp. nov. from south-eastern Queensland, Australia, and A. albadamanteum sp. nov. from eastern Papua New Guinea. Aenetus simonseni sp. nov. and A. maiasinus sp. nov. appear to belong to the tegulatus-group of species (sensu Grehan et al. 2018), A. trigonogrammus sp. nov. is part of the splendens-group of species (sensu Simonsen 2018), while A. albadamanteum sp. nov. shares morphological similarities with A. hampsoni (Joicey & Noakes, 1914), A. crameri Viette, 1956, and A. toxopeusi Viette, 1956, from New Guinea, and A. cohici Viette, 1961 from New Caledonia. The four new species are illustrated and compared with superficially similar species in morphology and, for two species, molecular (mtDNA COI gene) sequences.

 

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BEAVER, E. P., MOORE, M. D., GREHAN, J. R., VELASCO-CASTRILLÓN, A., & STEVENS, M. I. (2020). Four new species of Splendid Ghost Moths (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae: <em>Aenetus</em>) from Australia and Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa, 4809(3), 449–474. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4809.3.2