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A preliminary annotated checklist of the Brahmaeidae of the world – Part IA. Brahmaea wallichii wallichii (Gray, 1831) of the wallichii-group of the subgenus Brahmophthalma Mell, 1928 (Lepidoptera: Brahmaeidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2021
Authors:U. Paukstadt, Paukstadt L. H.
Journal:Beiträge zur Kenntnis der wilden Seidenspinner
Start Page:3
Date Published:05/2021

"The following contribution to the knowledge of the family Brahmaeidae SWINHOE, 1892 (Lepidoptera, Bombycoidea) is based in part on a twenty-year-old manuscript. The almost print-ready version was never finally edited and published for organizational and personal reasons by the senior author. Since our entomological field studies in Southeast Asia came to a complete standstill in 2020/21 due to the Covit-19 pandemic, a time-consuming revision of the Brahmaea manuscript was decided. It was quickly established that, in the meantime, various studies of the Brahmaeidae family led to numerous new results and in particular genetic studies of the Bombycoidea to taxonomic changes in the systematics of individual taxa and also to the description of several new species. Some planned taxonomic changes and type designations, which were part of the original manuscript, had in the meantime been validly published by other authors. In the final version of the 'Brahmaeidae of the World' that is now available, new results of studies and new names have been incorporated in the best possible way, as far as they were known from the literature and available to us. For the first time, an attempt is made to present a more recent, complete literature review of the Brahmaeidae. The unexpected volume of this work, which grew from originally around 120 manuscript pages to at times up to almost 600 manuscript pages, made it necessary to subdivide it into certain subject topics, genera, sub-genera and / or species groups. This classification will also facilitate planned additions or corrections that might become necessary later.
This first coherent analysis of the Brahmaeidae family is not intended to represent a revision, but merely to show the current state of knowledge, to address recurring errors in the literature and to point out previously unsolved taxonomic problems. In particular, it should provide a good working basis for urgently needed further studies, genus revisions or an overall revision of the family Brahmaeidae SWINHOE, 1892.
Part IA deals specifically with B. (Brahmophthalma) wallichii wallichii (GRAY, 1831) of the wallichii-group (sensu Paukstadt & Paukstadt 2021) of the subgenus Brahmophthalma MELL, 1928."

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