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Venezuelan Poodle Moth
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Information
Range Gran Sabana region of Venezuela.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Lepidoptera
Family Nymphalidae
Genus Artace
Species To be determined
Conservation Status
DDSpecies
Data Deficient

The Venezuelan Poodle Moth is a possible new species of moth discovered in 2009 by Dr. Arthur Anker of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in the Gran Sabana region of Venezuela. It bears similarities to the muslin moth, but most likely belongs to the lepidopteran genus Artace.

Anker and another scientist hypothesized it could be a member of the genus Artace, though it may or may not be one of the >20 described species in the genus. The moth is often confused online with images of other furry moths, such as Bombyx mori, while "one of Anker's colleagues speculated that the Venezuelan poodle moth bears some small resemblance to Diaphora mendica", a tiger moth from Eurasia.

Measurements derived from Dr. Anker's photographs show the moth to be about 1 in (2.5 cm) in length. The physical appearance and dearth of actual information has led to its existence being treated as an internet hoax. Subsequent expeditions to the region have been unable to spot the moth again.


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