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Eine aktualisierte Checkliste der Saturniiden von Java und Bali, Indonesien (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:314
Date Published:10/2022

"Studies of the wild silkmoths (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) of Java and Bali have been carried out in the past by various entomologists and have led to descriptions of several new taxa, cf. Stoll (1782), Westwood (1848), Snellen van Vollenhoven (1862), Maassen (1872), Moore (1892), Rothschild (1895), Jordan (1909), Watson (1913), Bouvier (1928), Kalis (1934), Mell (1939), and Toxopeus (1940). Only recently have the Saturnids of the two islands been examined more closely, their life histories were described and compared, and the DNA structures compared (at BOLD). In this way, distribution ranges could be determined and populations delimited, which led to descriptions of numerous endemic taxa, cf. Nässig & Suhardjono (1989), Paukstadt, Paukstadt & Suhardjono (1998), Naumann & Peigler (2001), Paukstadt & Paukstadt (2009, 2010), Brechlin & Paukstadt (2010), and Paukstadt & Brechlin (2011). Thus far, a systematic work on the Saturniidae of the islands of Java and Bali is lacking. In this contribution, the islands of Java and Bali are treated together for zoogeographical reasons. Geographically, the island of Bali belongs to the Lesser Sunda Islands, but not to Wallacea. The saturniid faunas of Java and Bali are almost identical, but with decreasing species numbers on Bali. 20 taxa are known from Java and Bali of which 13 are endemic to Java and/or Bali."

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