|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2018|
|Authors:||Paukstadt, U, Paukstadt, LH|
|Journal:||Beiträge zur Kenntnis der wilden Seidenspinner|
|Keywords:||ANTHERAEA, INTRASPECIFIC VARIATION, SATURNIIDAE, VENATION|
"The following contribution to knowledge the wild silkmoths (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) deals exclusively with the wing venation of various species of the genus Antheraea HÜBNER, 1819 (“1816”). This study aims to determine whether the morphology of the wing venation can be used for the classification within the genus Antheraea. Toxopeus (1940) already noted that the venation of the highly variable Antheraea taxa may be a tool for determination because he found that the vein R1 [named R1+2 in this contribution] branch off from the stalk differently. The venation of six taxa was illustrated graphically by Toxopeus (1940). Further examples, Dicky, Erick, Kokko, Barron, Schaalje & Gowen (1992) used image analysis of wings for the identification of ichneumonid wasps (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae), Albrecht & Kalia (1997) noted a variation of wing venation in Elachistidae (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea), Nath & Devi (2009) studied the venation pattern and shape variation in A. (Ao.) assamensis (Helfer, 1837) of Assam, India, Warren (1936) demonstrated that the wing venation varies considerably and may even display an asymmetric pattern in Erebia sp. (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), and Sotavolta (1994) recorded a considerable intraspecific variation in the wing venation of Arctiidae (Lepidoptera). Detailed studies on the variation of wing venation in Antheraea are lacking so far.