Afromoths, online database of Afrotropical moth species (Lepidoptera)

Latest version published by Belgian Biodiversity Platform on Mar 28, 2023 Belgian Biodiversity Platform
Publication date:
28 March 2023
CC-BY 4.0

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 68,817 records in English (6 MB) - Update frequency: unknown
Metadata as an EML file download in English (9 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (7 KB)


This dataset covers all relevant information on every Afrotropical moth species. The zoogeographic area covered can be defined as the Africa 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, also those moth species occurring in the transition zone to the Palaearctic fauna have been included, namely most of the Arabia Peninsula (Kuwait, Oman, 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). Utmost care was taken that the data incorporated in the database are correct. We decline any responsibility in case of damage to soft- 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. Afromoths, online database of Afrotropical moth species (Lepidoptera). World Wide Web electronic publication (

Data Records

The data in this checklist resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 68,817 records.

2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

Taxon (core)

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Belgian Biodiversity Platform. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 65c9103f-2fbf-414b-9b0b-e47ca96c5df2.  Belgian Biodiversity Platform publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Belgian Biodiversity Platform.


Checklist; Checklist


Jurate De Prins
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Associate curator (Lepidoptera)
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Willy De Prins
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Scientific volunteer
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
André Heughebaert
  • User
IT manager
Belgian Biodiversity Platform
André Heughebaert

Geographic Coverage

subsaharian Africa

Bounding Coordinates South West [-36.48, -18.44], North East [21.48, 53.24]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Order Lepidoptera

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 65c9103f-2fbf-414b-9b0b-e47ca96c5df2