Crypsiphona tasmanica Õunap and Viidalepp, 2009
Tasmanian Geometrid
GEOMETRINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Crypsiphona tasmanica
(Photo: courtesy of Tony D., Buckland, Tasmania)

The adult moths of this species are dull grey marked with dark irregular lines.

Crypsiphona tasmanica
showing underside
(Photo: courtesy of Tony D., Buckland, Tasmania)

The differences between this species and Crypsiphone ocultaria were found in the morphology of the genitalia. The superficial patterns of the upper and lower wing surfaces appear to be the same. Attempts to distinguish the two species using their DNA have also so far proved unsuccessful.

The species is thought only to exist in

  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Erki Õunap and Jaan Viidalepp,
    Description of Crypsiphona tasmanica sp. nov. (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Geometrinae), with notes on limitations in using DNA barcodes for delimiting species
    Australian Journal of Entomology,
    Volume 48 (2009) pp. 113–124.


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    (written 26 October 2017)