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Proteuxoa comma
Proteuxoa comma male.jpg
Male
Proteuxoa comma female.jpg
Female
Scientific classification
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Family:
Noctuidae
Genus:
Proteuxoa
Species:
P. comma
Binomial name
Proteuxoa comma
(Walker, 1856)
Synonyms
  • Mamestra comma Walker, 1856
  • Graphiphoga implexa Walker, 1857
  • Hadena plusiata Walker, 1865
  • Nitocris bicomma Guenée, 1868

Proteuxoa comma is a species of moth in the family Noctuidae. It is endemic to New Zealand. This species is very similar in appearance to P. tetronycha.

Taxonomy

This species was originally described by Francis Walker in 1856 and named Mamestra comma.

Description

Francis Walker described the species as follows:

Female. Cinereous. Head whitish. Palpi with whitish tips. Thorax and fore wings sprinkled with brown. Fore wings with brown transverse undulating or zigzag lines. Hind wings paler towards the base. Length of the body 6 lines ; of the wings 16 lines.

The species can be distinguished from P. tetronycha as the P. comma has a less contrasting prothoracic collar and a more grey forewing ground colour. P. comma also has a narrower winged appearance than P. tetronycha. P. comma is also slightly larger than P. tetronycha. If wingspan of a specimen is above 33mm then the species is P. comma.

Distribution

This species is endemic to New Zealand.

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