Asota  eusemioides eusemioides  Felder 1874

Photograph by: JHH Zwier
Holotype:
   Papua (New Guinea) Indonesia

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   Biak (New Guinea) Indonesia

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   Ambon (Maluku) Indonesia

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   Halmahera (Maluku) Indonesia



Synonym: versicolor Fabricius, 1794

Wingspan:
 about  50  mm  ( n = 10 )
 about  59  mm  ( n = 10 )

Distribution according to the collections mentioned in the chapter
“Museums” and the literature.

-Ambon (RMNH) Halmahera (RMNH) Sulawesi (RMNH) Australia Kirby (1892: 389) (Rothschild 1897: 336 “loc. err” New Holland) Donovan: (1805) Papua-Indonesia: “Neu Guinea” (Felder 1874) Arfak mts. (ZMAN) Ati-Ati-Onin (ZMHB) Biak (RMNH) Dorey (Wallace sensu Donovan 1905) Manokwari (ZMAN) Nabire (CMWM) Prafi (ZMAN) Pusppensat (ZMAN) Salawati (RMNH)Tuan Wovi (ZMAN) Warkapi (ZMAN) Wamare-Dua (ZMAN) Papua New Guinea (RMNH) Astrolabe-ebene (ZMHB) (SMTD) Bolan mts. (ZMHB) Constatinhafen (ZMHB) Finschafen (ZMHB) Fergusson island (CMWM) Gamada (CMWM) Garaina (MHNG) Hydrographer mts (ZMHB) (SMTD) Kumusi river (ZMHB) (SMTD) Milne-Bay (ZMHB) Rabaul (ZMHB) Ralum (ZMHB)

Description:

Translation:

"134 Noctua with downward bent wings, grey or purplish. With short white fascia on the first wing.
Lives on the isles of America Dr. Pflug.
Media. The colour of the wings variable, sometimes grey and a bit bronzed and then
sometimes again purplish with dark streaks and on the edges white dots can be found,
but always with the short white fascia broadening towards the margin.
Below almost the same colour with now and then a slightly darker streak in the middle, a bit darker."



Comments:
This copy of the first description is taken from a book or a periodical out of the library of the Dutch Entomological Society in Amsterdam.

Some remarks about the first description of Asota versicolor Fabricius, 1794.

1. Attempt to translate the Latin text:

"134 Noctua with downward bent wings, grey of purplish. Short with fascia on the first wing. Lives on the isles of America Dr. Pflug.
Media. The colour of the wings changed, sometimes grey and and a bit bronzed and then sometimes again purplish with dark strokes and on the edges white dots can be found, but always short white strokes broadening towards the edges.
Below almost the same colour with now and then a stroke in the middle a bit darker."

2. K Jordan.
Jordan writes in Novitates Zoologicae (1897, p 336) about Asota versicolor Fabricius, 1794, that:
"The description by Fabricius does not fit this insect, and as the habitat "in Americae Insulis" also does not agree with that of the present species, Donovan must be quoted as "the author" of Asota versicolor.

3. The holotype of Asota versicolor is not present in the collection of Fabricius in "Zoologisk Museum Kobenhavn".

4. The conclusion should be that, although the name probably does not fit the animal, the name shall be Asota versicolor until the holotype will be found, unless there is another solution.



*A lot of data are from the author of the first description.
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