Published February 9, 2022 | Version v1
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A new species of Endoclita C. & R. Felder, 1874 ghost moth from Karimganj District of Assam, India, with comments on the genus in northeastern India, and clarification of E. signifer (Walker, 1856) (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae)

  • 1. McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Gainesville, Florida, USA.
  • 2. National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India.
  • 3. Makunda Christian Hospital, Bazaricherra, Karimganj District, Assam, India.
  • 4. Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pennsylvania, USA


A new species, Endoclita makundae sp. nov., from the state of Assam, represents the first new species of Endoclita described for India in the last 60 years. The external female genitalia are illustrated and described. We suggest the species name E. signifer can be applied with confidence only to populations in Meghalaya and northern Bangladesh. Data on genitalic illustrations in the literature are provided for all Endoclita species from India. Conservation concerns for Endoclita and its forest habitats in northeastern India are discussed.


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