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Species Oxycanus antipoda (Herrich-Schäffer, 1853)




Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


ACT, NSW, SA, Tas, Vic: Australian Alps (AA), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Ben Lomond (BEL), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Channel Country (CHC), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Central Ranges (CR), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Finke (FIN), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Flinders (FLI), Gawler (GAW), Great Victoria Desert (GVD), Hampton (HAM), Kanmantoo (KAN), King (KIN), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mulga Lands (ML), Nandewar (NAN), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Nullarbor (NUL), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Stony Plains (STP), Tasmanian Central Highlands (TCH), Tasmanian Northern Midlands (TNM), Tasmanian Northern Slopes (TNS), Tasmanian South East (TSE), Tasmanian Southern Ranges (TSR), Tasmanian West (TWE), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP)

Ecological Descriptors

Larva subterranean, emerging from tunnel at night to feed. Larval foodplant: grass (Poaceae) (Hardy, 1974).


General References

Hardy, R.J. 1974. The biology and pest status of Oxycanus fuscomaculatus Walker (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) in Tasmania. Journal of the Australian Entomological Society 13: 317-328 [317]

Nielsen, E.S., Edwards, E.D. & Rangsi, T.V. (eds) 1996. Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Vol. 4 xiv 529 pp. & CD-ROM. [26] (Note #2: Oxycanus sordidus (Herrich-Schäffer, [1853]). Tindale (1935: 317) designated a neotype for sordidus Herrich-Schäffer and placed it as a senior subjective synonym of Oxycanus rufescens (Walker, 1856). However, the type of sordidus is present in the ZMB and is conspecific with specimens of Oxycanus antipoda (Herrich-Schäffer, [1853]), also in ZMB. O. antipoda and sordidus were published simultaneously and priority given to O. antipoda by Nielsen in Nielsen et al., (1996) as first reviser. Under the Code Art. 75 (h) this case of a rediscovered primary type should be referred to the Commission asking the neotype not be retained as the name-bearing type)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
26-Jun-2017 17-Nov-2015 MOVED
26-Jun-2017 HEPIALIDAE 29-Sep-2015 MODIFIED
26-Jun-2017 08-Mar-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)