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Zur Kenntnis der Variabilität der Flügelocellen bei Attacus Linnaeus, 1767 (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2019
Authors:U. Paukstadt, Paukstadt L. H.
Journal:Beiträge zur Kenntnis der wilden Seidenspinner
Start Page:495
Date Published:09/2019

"This paper to knowledge the wild silkmoths (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) is exclusively dealing with the variability of the wing ocelli, in particular with the number of accessories of selected taxa of the genus Attacus LINNAEUS, 1767 of the tribe Attacini BLANCHARD, 1840. The adults of several taxa of Attacus were usually described being highly variable moths, cf. U. & L.H. Paukstadt (2000a, 2002a). Recent breeding studies carried out by the authors confirmed that the adults are actually variable but they also revealed that the complete offspring of a single parent couple is morphologically very similar and inevitably barely variable in terms of the number of accessory fenestrae. Studies were carried out with A. atlas (LINNAEUS, 1758) from Thailand (Phrae Prov.), West Malaysia (Pahang), Indonesia (W Sumatra Prov., C Java Prov.), and A. erebus FRUHSTORFER, 1920 from Indonesia (S Sulawesi Prov.). The reared specimens were compared morphologically with ♂ and ♀ A. atlas from Indonesia (Aceh Prov.) which were collected at light traps by the authors from between 2006 and 2009 and with descriptions and illustrations in literature"

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