The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Titanomis sisyrota Meyrick, 1888:104

Frosted phoenix



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

A common name for this species of Frosted Phoenix was "tentatively propose[d]" by (Hoare, 2001:15) to raise public awareness about its existence and hence hopefully lead to its rediscovery.


Conservation Status

Last record: 1959 (Hoare, 2001:5)



New Zealand


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Meyrick, Edward. (1888). Descriptions of New Zealand Tineina. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 20: 77-106.


Other references:

Hamilton, H. (1921). Occurrence of a rare tineoid moth (Titanomis sisyrota Meyr.). New Zealand Journal of Science and Technology 4(3): 141.

Hoare, Robert J. B. (2001). New Zealand's most enigmatic moth - what we know about Titanomis sisyrota. DOC Science Internal Series 5. Department of Conservation, Wellington. 17 pp.

Hudson, G. V. (1928). The butterflies and moths of New Zealand. Wellington: Ferguson & Osborn Ltd., 382 pp., 52 pl.

Patrick, B. H. and Dugdale, J. S. (2000). Conservation status of the New Zealand Lepidoptera. Science for Conservation 136. 31 pp.'S


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