oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Aethiopsestis gen. nov. (Lepidoptera), first record of Thyatiridae from the Ethiopian Region



Until the recent discovery of material from Tanganyika, Southern Rhodesia and South Africa, the family Thyatiridae has been unknown in the Ethiopian Region though well known from the rest of the Old World, the Nearctic and from one Neotropical species of Thyatira Ochsenheimer, 1816 (see Forbes, 1936: 779-800). Thyatira achatina Weymer (1896:90) an African species which was at one time classified as a thyatirid (von Dalla Torre, 1921 :6) was shown to be a noctuid by Hampson (1910 :650) and designated as type-species of the genus Thyatirina. Three new African species are descriptionbed in this paper.


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