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Splendid ghost moths and their allies : a revision of the Australian Abantiades, Oncopera, Aenetus, Archaeoaenetus, and Zelotypia (Hepialidae) / Thomas J. Simonsen
Bib ID 7428428
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Simonsen, Thomas J., author
Description Clayton South, Vic : CSIRO Publishing, [2018] 
300 pages, including 128 pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), maps (some colour) ; 26 cm. 
ISBN 9781486307470 (hardback)

Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera; volume 12.


The Hepialidae (Ghost Moths) are a family of often spectacular micro-moths. The Australian region is one of the hot spots for hepialid diversity and the fauna is divided into three groups: primitive Hepialidae with small, often overlooked species; oxycanine Hepialidae, containing the large and poorly known genus Oxycanus and its allies; and finally the hepialine Hepialidae, which span from stunning, green Splendid Ghost Moths in the genus Aenetus, to the enormous moths in the genera Zelotypia and Abantiades (which include some of the most impressive insects in the world), to smaller, drab pest species in the genus Oncopera. Splendid Ghost Moths and Their Allies is the first work to provide comprehensive information about the taxonomy, biology, diversity and morphology of all 70 Australian hepialine Hepialidae species, including the descriptions of 15 species and one genus new to science. Each species is illustrated with colour photographs of males and females and drawings of the genitalia, and the book also contains identification keys to genera and species. Distribution maps and detailed information on where each species is found are included, as well as a species richness map for the group in Australia.

Full contents
  • Introduction
  • Historical account
  • Material and methods
  • Morphology of Hepialidae
  • Biology
  • Checklist of Australian Hepialine Hepialidae
  • Taxonomy: Family Hepialidae Stephens, 1829; Abantiades Herrich-Schaffer, 1855; Oncopera Walker, 1856; Aenetus Herrich-Schäffer, 1855; Archaeoaenetus gen. nov.; Zelotypia Scott, 1869
  • References
  • Black and white plates
  • Colour plates

Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-165) and index.

Subjects Moths -- Australia -- Classification.  |  Moths -- Australia -- Identification.  |  Hepialidae -- Australia -- Classification.  |  Hepialidae -- Australia -- Identification.  |  Lepidoptera -- Australia -- Classification.  |  Lepidoptera -- Australia -- Identification.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors CSIRO


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