Thysanoptyx oblonga

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Thysanoptyx oblonga
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T. oblonga
Binomial name
Thysanoptyx oblonga
(Butler, 1877)
Synonyms
  • Teulisna oblongaButler, 1877

Thysanoptyx oblonga is a moth of the subfamily Arctiinae first described by Arthur Gardiner Butler in 1877. It is found on Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java and Borneo. [1] The habitat consists of lowland dipterocarp forests. [2]

Moth Group of mostly-nocturnal insects in the order Lepidoptera

Moths are a polyphyletic group of insects that includes all members of the order Lepidoptera that are not butterflies, with moths making up the vast majority of the order. There are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth, many of which have yet to be described. Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are also crepuscular and diurnal species.

Arctiinae (moth) subfamily of insects (in the wide sense, the former family Arctiidae)

The Arctiinae are a large and diverse subfamily of moths, with around 11,000 species found all over the world, including 6,000 neotropical species. This group includes the groups commonly known as tiger moths, which usually have bright colours, footmen, which are usually much drabber, lichen moths, and wasp moths. Many species have "hairy" caterpillars that are popularly known as woolly bears or woolly worms. The scientific name of this subfamily refers to this hairiness. Some species within the Arctiinae have the word “tussock” in their common name due to people misidentifying them as members of the Lymantriinae based on the characteristics of the larvae.

A species description is a formal description of a newly discovered species, usually in the form of a scientific paper. Its purpose is to give a clear description of a new species of organism and explain how it differs from species which have been described previously or are related. The species description often contains photographs or other illustrations of the type material and states in which museums it has been deposited. The publication in which the species is described gives the new species a formal scientific name. Some 1.9 million species have been identified and described, out of some 8.7 million that may actually exist. Millions more have become extinct.

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References

  1. Savela, Markku. "Thysanoptyx oblonga (Butler, 1877)". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  2. Holloway, Jeremy Daniel. "Thysanoptyx oblonga Butler stat. rev". The Moths of Borneo. Retrieved October 11, 2019.