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Lepidoptera > Bombycoidea > Eupterotidae > Eupterotinae > Eupterotini > Ganisa

Ganisa spp.

Ganisa plana Walker, 1855 and Ganisa postica Walker, 1855 are best separated by comparing male genitalia and molecular phylogeny. 
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
Adult moth observations that have been databased:
Tamil Nadu
West Bengal
All states
Similiar species:
Ganisa Walker, 1855 species known from India
Ganisa plana Walker, 1855
Ganisa postica Walker, 1855
Ganisa similis Moore, 1884

  1. Ganisa postica Walker, 1855. List Spec. Lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. 5: 1190; TL: Sri Lanka. Text at
  2. for postica
  1. Ganisa plana Walker, 1855. List Specimens. lepid. Insects Colln. Br. Mus., 5: 1191. Text at
  2. for plana
Barlow, H.S. 1982. An introduction to the moths of S.E. Asia. Malayan Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur. Pp. 305. Pg. 191, taxonomic note no 191 on Ganisa similis, Ganisa postica and Ganisa plana.

Nässig, W. A., Ignatyev, N. N & T. J. Witt (2009). Two new species of the genus Ganisa Walker, 1855 from Sulawesi and Flores, Indonesia (Lepidoptera: Eupterotidae). Entomofauna. Band 30, Heft 26: 453-464. 

Note on species group: Ganisa postica Walker, 1855 and Ganisa plana Walker, 1855 are both valid taxon (included as separate species in the Global Bombycoidea checklist, 2018). This species group is very variable and doubtfully separated through photographs. They are difficult to separate without examining genitalia and comparing molecular phylogeny. Barlow (1982) states that postica is largely found is S. India and Sri Lanka, while plana is found in N. India, including the Himalayas. The member of this genus from India, Ganisa similis, is found in NE India, has an oblique dark diffused band on forewing, and is its forewings are generally more falcate (even more falcate in female) than postica and plana.   

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Anonymous. 2022. Ganisa spp. . In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 3.30. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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