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Identity of the South-East Asian cocoa moth, Conopomorpha cramerella (Snellen) (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), with descriptions of three allied new species

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 July 2009

J. D. Bradley
Commonwealth Institute of Entomology, c/o British Museum (Natural History), Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD, UK


The identity and scientific name of the cocoa moth or cocoa pod borer, Conopomorpha cramerella (Snellen), the major pest of cocoa in South-East Asia and generally recorded in the literature as Acrocercops cramerella, are clarified. Three previously unrecognized congeneric species are described and differentiated, viz. C. oceanica sp. n., C. sinensis sp. n. and C. litchiella sp. n. Wing pattern, male and female genitalia are figured for each species.

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