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Heterocera Sumatrana, Volume 10 (Green Book): The Saturniidae of Sumatra (Lepidoptera)


Series: Heterocera Sumatrana Volume: 10

By: Wolfgang A Nässig(Author), Rudolf EJ Lampe(Author), Stefan Kager(Author), Ulf Buchsbaum(Author), Frank Brüggemeier(Author)

174 pages, plates with colour & b/w photos; b/w line drawings, tables

Verlag der Heterocera Sumatrana Society

Paperback | Jun 1996 | #81324 | ISBN: 3925055096
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Language: English with trilingual summaries in English, German, and Indonesian

Volume 10 contains one contribution with two appendices.

The Saturniidae of Sumatra (Lepidoptera):
The fauna of Saturniidae (Lepidoptera) of the Indonesian island of Sumatra and surrounding smaller islands is described. 24 species are known, a check-list (with page numbers) of the species can be found on page 21. In addition, Antheraea (Antheraea) billitonensis Moore, 1878 is listed for the island of Belitung. The work is based on the extensive collecting of E. W. Diehl and other members of the HSS, as well as on literature records and some museum and private collections.

The lectotype of Attacus staudingeri Rothschild, 1895 is designated, deposited in Zoologisches Museum der Humboldt-Universität, Berlin. All other taxonomic changes which became necessary during the preparation of the present work were published in advance elsewhere.

All species of Saturniidae known from Sumatra thus far belong to the subfamily Saturniinae. The tribe Attacini is represented by three genera with one species each: Attacus Linnaeus, 1767, Archaeoattacus Watson, 1914, and Samia Hübner, [1819]. The tribe Saturniini is represented by two species of Actias Leach, 1815, three species of Cricula Walker, 1855, eleven (plus one from Belitung) species of Antheraea Hübner, [1819], three species of Loepa Moore, [1860], and two species of Lemaireia Nässig & Holloway, 1987.

In Appendix I, all information about the preimaginal morphology and life-histories of Sumatran Saturniidae is compiled. The Appendix has a separate abstract. A systematic index is provided. The literature references for both the main text and Appendix I are combined at the end of Appendix I.

Appendix I: The preimaginal instars of some Sumatran and South East Asian species of Saturniidae, including general notes on the genus Antheraea (Lepidoptera):
All information about the preimaginal instars of the Saturniidae of the Indonesian island of Sumatra available from literature and own rearing experiments is compiled. The data are completed by rearing reports of species known from Sumatra, of which the livestock originated in other areas. Of the 24 saturniid species known from Sumatra, 11 complete life-histories (including colour illustrations of larvae) plus partial information on some other species are presented. In addition, the life-history data of further non-Sumatran species of the genus Antheraea Hübner is given to permit a more complete survey of that genus to support the reorganization of the genus presented in the main part. For most of the genera, general data as well as specific information about additional species is provided in the text for intra-generic comparison.

Complete life-histories are given of the following Sumatran species: Attacus atlas, Samia insularis vaneeckei (and S. i. tetrica for comparison), Actias maenas diana, Cricula trifenestrata javana, Antheraea (Antheraeopsis) castanea (from Thailand), Antheraea (Antheraea) gschwandneri, Antheraea (Antheraea) pratti, Antheraea (Antheraea) helferi borneensis (from West Malaysia), Antheraea (Antheraea) (pernyi) roylei korintjiana, Antheraea (Antheraea) lampei, and Loepa megacore. Additional full life-histories are given for the following Antheraea species: Antheraea (Telea) polyphemus, Antheraea (Telea) montezuma, Antheraea (Antheraea) cingalesa, and Antheraea (Antheraea) yamamai. Partial life-history information is provided for the following species: Antheraea (Telea) godmani, Antheraea (Antheraea) rosieri, Antheraea (Antheraea) diehli, and Lemaireia luteopeplus.

Appendix II: Antheraea (Antheraea) diehli Lemaire discovered on Nias Island, with notes on the eggs and a rearing attempt:
During February and March of 1995 the authors were on a trip to Sumatra. Together with E. W. Diehl, they also visited the island of Nias for a few days. During the stay they spent two nights collecting at light, one in the northern part of Nias near the coast, the other one at Lahusa in the vicinity of the village Telukdalam. During the latter collecting evening, a female which most likely belongs to Antheraea (Antheraea) diehli Lemaire 1979 was collected. The specimen oviposited, and although the authors did not succeed in rearing the larvae, the following observations are supposed being worth a publication.

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