The main objective of this searchable website is to make all relevant information on every Afrotropical moth species hitherto known, accessible to any user worldwide.
The zoogeographic area covered can be defined as the African continent south of the Sahara (i.e. excl. Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt), the islands in the Atlantic Ocean: Amsterdam Island, Ascension, Cape Verde Archipelago, Inaccessible Island, St. Helena, São Tomé and Principe, Tristan da Cunha, and the islands in the Indian Ocean: Comores (Anjouan, Grande Comore, Mayotte, Mohéli), Madagascar, Mascarene Islands (La Réunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues), Seychelles (Félicité, Mahé, Praslin, Silhouette, a.o.). Furthermore, those moth species occurring in the transition zone to the Palaearctic fauna have been included also, namely most of the Arabia Peninsula (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen with Socotra) but not Iraq, Jordan and further north.
Also, some Saharan species have been included (e.g. Hoggar Mts. in Algeria, Tibesti Mts. in South Libya).
The website provides information on:
The sequence of families, genera and species is alphabetical to enable the user to easily retrieve the necessary information
Utmost care was taken that the data incorporated in the database were correct. We decline any responsibility in case of damage to software- or hardware based on information used in this website. Persons retrieving information from this website for their own research or for applied aspects such as pest control programmes should acknowledge the usage of data from this website in the following format:
De Prins J. & De Prins W. 2011–2023. Afromoths, online database of Afrotropical moth species (Lepidoptera). World Wide Web electronic publication (http://www.afromoths.net) [+ accession date].
For photographs please contact the owner of the copyrights.
You will find the taxonomical content of this website on Checklist Bank: an index and repository for taxonomic data about life on Earth aiming to support the publication and curation of checklists and to provide a platform for their consistent discovery, use and citation. Therefore, we will regularly upload snapshots of our Afromoths database to ChecklistBank.
The [Belgian Biodiversity Platform, a Belspo initiative, was involved in the Afromoths website since its very beginning in 2011. The content of the website was regularly updated since then. Last year, it was decided to revamp the website with recent technologies. The new version was launched on 01 October 2023. The Platform is involved in others open data/open science initiatives and foster may other biodiversity informatics projects across the country. Visit our website to discover them.
We specially thank the IT team of the Platform for their continuous efforts: * André Heughebaert * François Malherbe * Julien Cigar
General – Encyclopedia of Life General – Goff, R. A photographic moth ID database African moths General – iNaturalist Taxonomy – Generic Names of Butterflies and Moths of the World Taxonomy – The Global Lepidoptera Names Index [Lepindex] Larval foodplants – HOSTS – a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants
Aganainae – Global Taxonomic Database of Tineidae Gracillariidae – Global Taxonomic Database of Gracillariidae Pyraloidea – GLOBIZ – The Pyraloidea database Sphingidae – Sphingidae Taxonomic Inventory Tineidae – Global taxonomic database of Tineidae (Lepidoptera) Tortricidae – TORTS – Online World Catalogue of the Tortricidae
We cordially thank our lepidopterist colleagues, who have contributed in various ways to the present online database:
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