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Psaroxantha (genus)

A Concealer moth (Wingia Group) at suppressed

Psaroxantha (genus) at suppressed - 4 Aug 2007
Psaroxantha (genus) at suppressed - 4 Aug 2007
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Identification history

Psaroxantha (genus) 16 Sep 2023 ibaird
Psaroxantha (genus) 16 Sep 2023 donhe
Psaroxantha calligenes 15 Sep 2023 ibaird
Unidentified 15 Sep 2023 PJH123

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Psaroxantha sp


PJH123 wrote:
   16 Sep 2023
Ian, this specimen has an extra bar closer to the base than any on Psaroxantha calligens
PJH123 wrote:
   16 Sep 2023
calligenes not calligens
ibaird wrote:
   16 Sep 2023
As I see it so do D Holberns specimens on Lepidoptera Butterfly House and the ALA.
PJH123 wrote:
   16 Sep 2023
Ian, Ido not see it. Counting the collar and outer margin, calligenes has 4 bands, my specimen has 5. The only species with the same number of bands as mine is polyzona but it is not quite the same arrangement
donhe wrote:
   16 Sep 2023
I agree, perhaps more like BOLD Anic2.
PJH123 wrote:
   16 Sep 2023
Yes Don, closer but hard to say, Psaroxantha sp
ibaird wrote:
   16 Sep 2023
I'm sorry, but I see 5 bands on Don Hobern'.s example on LBH (but the set specimen photographed on LBH only has 4) and this one too! And all 4 of Don Hobern's examples on the ALA I think show 5 bands (although the second one after the collar is vestigeal in all the examples).
It so happens I have a copy oF Common's Oecophorine Genera of Australia. I. The Wingia group (on loan from G, Cocking). This includes Common's description of Psaroxantha within which he includes. P. calligenes. However he only illustrates two of the nine species he lists: P. basilica and P. polyzona. The P.polyzona figure shows a forewing pattern similar to Hobern's P. calligenes and PJH's specimen here. Common's general description of the wing pattern for the genus allows for 'óchreous yeloow or light yellow' with '2 or 3 narrow irregular transverse or oblique fasciiae, formed by dark fuscous or rediish fuscous irrorstion'. So without reference to the original type description by Meyrick it seems wing pattern may not really be sufficiently diagnostic to distinguish P. polyzona from P. calligenes. Common's notes say P; calligenes is the only Psoraxantha species to be recorded in Tasmania; and that P. calligenes caterpillars were observed feeding on lichen on wooden fences in Sydney in August and September by Meyrick (1887),
So in conclusion I'm happy to go slong with Psaroxantha'(genus) if thats the consensus

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Species information

  • Psaroxantha (genus) Scientific name
  • A Concealer moth (Wingia Group) Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 4 Aug 2007 11:32 PM Recorded on
  • PJH123 Recorded by
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  • 12mm to 25mm Animal size

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