The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Aoraia mairi Buller, 1872:279 (1873?)

Buller's moth



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Porina mairi Buller, 1872:279


Conservation Status

Last record: 1867



Ruahine Range, North Island, New Zealand


Biology & Ecology




Only known from a single specimen, now presumed lost.






Original scientific description:

Buller, Walter L. (1872). Notice of a New Species of Moth in New Zealand. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 5: 279-280.


Other references:

Dugdale, John S. (1994). Hepialidae (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Fauna of New Zealand 30: 194 pp. [p. 70]

Foottit, Robert G.; Adler, Peter H., eds. (2009). Insect biodiversity : science and society. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. p. 94.

Hoare, R. J. B., Dugdale, J. S., Edwards, E. D., Gibbs, G. W., Patrick, B. H., Hitchmough, R. A. and Rolfe, J. R. (2017). Conservation status of New Zealand butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), 2015. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 20. Department of Conservation, Wellington. 13 pp.

Meads, Michael J. (1990). Forgotten fauna: the rare, endangered and protected invertebrates of New Zealand. DSIR Publishing: Wellington.

Patrick, B.H.; Dugdale, J.S. (2000). Conservation status of the New Zealand lepidoptera. Wellington, N.Z.: Dept. of Conservation. p. 30.

Wishart, Skye (2012). Night moves - the world of moths. New Zealand Geographic. 113.


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