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Eine aktualisierte Checkliste der Saturniiden von Borneo (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2022
Authors:U. Paukstadt, Paukstadt L. H.
Journal:Beiträge zur Kenntnis der wilden Seidenspinner
Start Page:295
Date Published:10/2022

"Comprehensive studies of the Saturniidae (Lepidoptera) from Borneo were done by Allan (1981), Holloway (1987), and Beck & Nässig (2008). Beck & Nässig provided a checklist containing 27 species (including doubtful species) of Saturniidae for the island of Borneo. Of this checklist 20 taxa are still recognized in species or subspecies status for Borneo, other names were found being based on misidentifications. In the meantime, several new taxa have been described and taxonomic changes have been made. New descriptions were made by Naumann & Löffler (2010), Brechlin & Paukstadt (2010, 2022), Paukstadt & Paukstadt (2011, 2022), and Brechlin (2010, 2012, 2022), some of which, however, are currently recognized as junior synonyms. New taxa and nomenclatural acts within the Saturniidae from Borneo and the adjacent islands were mainly supported by DNA barcoding (of BOLD). At the time being 27 taxa of Saturniidae are recognized for the main island of Borneo and the adjacent smaller islands. Of the 27 Saturniidae taxa identified so far, only 14 taxa are endemic to Borneo and the adjacent smaller islands. This may have zoogeographical reasons, because Borneo was connected to the Malay Peninsula for a very long time during the ice ages, or it may be due to poorer exploration of the island. We herewith provide with an updated checklist of the Saturniidae of Borneo. Further taxonomical changes and new descriptions of taxa are likely due to zoogeography and intensified comparisons of the DNA structures of the Saturniidae of Southeast Asia."

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