|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2018|
|Authors:||U. Paukstadt, Paukstadt L. H.|
|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 as an additional tool besides external morphology, genitalia morphology, and DNA structures. In Part II of this series a representative number of specimens from each subgenus or group / subgroup is examined. The venations are depicted in a true-to-nature drawing with scale of taxa of the subgenera Antheraea Hübner, 1819 (“1816”), Loepantheraea Toxopeus, 1940, Antheraeopsis Wood-Mason, 1886, and Telea Hübner, 1819 (“1816”). Pupal veins are not considered herein. Specimens of the following subgenera and species-groups were studied. Those are the mylitta-subgroup (sensu Paukstadt, Brosch & Paukstadt 1999), the frithi-subgroup (sensu Nässig 1991), and the cordifolia-subgroup (sensu Holloway, Naumann & Nässig 1996) of the mylitta/frithi-group (sensu Paukstadt, Brosch & Paukstadt 1999), the helferi-subgroup (sensu Paukstadt, Paukstadt & Brosch 1998) and the yamamai-subgroup (sensu Paukstadt, Paukstadt & Brosch 1998) of the helferi-group (sensu Nässig 1991), and the pernyi-group (sensu Nässig 1991) of the subgenus Antheraea, the subgenus Loepantheraea, and the castanea-group (sensu Paukstadt, Paukstadt & Brosch 1998) and the youngi-group (sensu Paukstadt, Paukstadt & Brosch 1998) of the subgenus Antheraeopsis, and finally the subgenus Telea (sensu Nässig 1991). Individual variations or aberrations are, as far as they were detected during our studies, also illustrated. The range of variation in wing venation mostly remains unknown in all taxa of Antheraea which were examined so far. Studies on the variation of wing venation in Antheraea are generally lacking so far. An exception for example is from Nath & Devi (2009), who studied the venation pattern and shape variation in A. (Ao.) assamensis (Helfer, 1837) of Assam, India. The following pages show only the illustrations of the venations. An evaluation and description was already made in Part I of these contributions."