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Zum Areal und Biotop von Megacorma obliqua (Walker, 1856) - Raupenbelege aus den Philippinen, Malaysia und Vietnam (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2016
Authors:B. Dvořák
Journal:Entomologische Zeitschrift
Start Page:19

"As the only exclusively Asian genus of the Acherontiini (BOISDUVAL, 1875) Megacorma (ROTHSCHILD & JORDAN, 1903) inhabits a strongly divided territory of the tropical southeastern Asia. With its four species known by now it seems to be restricted to landscapes with a well distinct rainforest climate. In 2013 and 2014 I was able to identify its larvae in the Philippines. A caterpillar photo taken by RICHARD SEAMAN in the nature park Cát Tiên in 2004 now proves its presence also for the southern part of Vietnam; it shows a not yet grown up specimen with a partly deviant colour pattern, but which by its physiognomy and type of pattern corresponds to another caterpillar from a picture made in 2009 by KATARINA ZACHARAKI in the malaysian Santubong as well as to my own findings in Luzon, Philippines. In the contribution the phenology and foodplants of the larvae and the distribution area including the puzzling absence of the species in the central parts of India are discussed."

STI taxonomic comments: 
Larvae of Megacorma obliqua obliqua are reported from the island of Luzon in the Philippines, and similar larvae from Malaysian Borneo and Vietnam, illustrated in photographs on websites, are also identified as this species despite differences in colour and pattern. However, all these identifications must remain provisional and unconfirmed as none of these larvae was reared through to adult moths.
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