The Saturniidae (Lepidoptera) of Malaysia.
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Introduction: The Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as the sultanate of Brunei are forming East Malaysia, while West Malaysia, also known under the name of Peninsular Malaysia, is divided into the provinces of Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Selangor, the Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Malaka, and Johor.

The following check list was mainly compiled from literature and specimens in the Collection L. H. Paukstadt (Wilhelmshaven, Germany). The check list mainly based on the contributions by Barlow, H. S. (with plates by D'Abrera, B.) (1982): An introduction to the Moths of South East Asia: 4 + 305 pp, 50 col.-pls., 8 b/w-pls., b/w text.-figs., by Lampe, R. E. J. (1984): Die Saturniiden der Cameron- und Genting-Highlands in West Malaysia (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). - Neue Entomologische Nachrichten (Keltern), 11: 15 [+ 9] pp; 8 col.-pls., by U. Paukstadt & L. H. Paukstadt (2004): An Introduction to the wild silkmoths of the Oriental Region with special reference to Peninsular Malaysia - Part 1. - Beiträge zur Kenntnis der wilden Seidenspinner (Wilhelmshaven), 2 (3): pp. 111-188, by U. Paukstadt & L. H. Paukstadt (2004): An Introduction to the wild silkmoths of the Oriental Region with special reference to Peninsular Malaysia - Part 2. - Beiträge zur Kenntnis der wilden Seidenspinner (Wilhelmshaven), 2 (3): pp. 51-124, 15 col.-pls. (105 figs.), 6 monochr.-pls. (31 figs.), 5 h.-t.-pls (21 figs.), and 4 maps. Specimens figured herein are preserved in the Collection Laela H. Paukstadt (Wilhelmshaven, Germany), if not otherwise stated. Digital pictures were taken by Ulrich Paukstadt (Wilhelmshaven, Germany), if not otherwise stated. The check list might be not free of any errors in determinations, spelling of names, authors, publication years, and/or incomplete. Any hints, proposals, and/or corrections are highly wellcome and may be send to the webmaster (e-mail: webmaster@wildsilkmoth-paukstadt.de). The check list is updated frequently. Presently 30 taxa of 9 genera of the family Saturniidae (Lepidoptera) are recorded for Malaysia. Those are:



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Superfamily Bombycoidea, Latreille, 1802
Family Saturniidae Boisduval, 1837 ("1834")
Subfamily Saturniinae Boisduval, 1837 ("1834")



Tribe Attacini Blanchard, 1840

Genus Attacus Linnaeus, 1767

  1. Attacus atlas (Linnaeus, 1758)
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang, Perak, Kedah); East Malaysia (Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak)

Genus Archaeoattacus Watson, 1914
  2. Archaeoattacus edwardsii (White, 1859)
      Archaeoattacus edwardsii malayanus (Kurosawa & Kishida, 1985 ("1984") [junior synonym of edwardsii (White, 1859)].
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang); East Malaysia (Sarawak).
  3. Archaeoattacus staudingeri (W. Rothschild, 1895)
Distribution: West Malaysia (Perak); East Malaysia (Brunei, Sabah).

Genus Samia Hübner, 1819 ("1816")
  4. Samia tetrica (Rebel, 1924)
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang, Perak); East Malaysia (Brunei, Sarawak).
  5. Samia kohlli Naumann & Peigler, 2001
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang).


Tribe Saturniini Boisduval, 1837 ("1834")

Genus Saturnia Schrank, 1802

  6. Saturnia (Saturnia) cameronensis Lemaire, 1979
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang).
  7. Saturnia (Rinaca) thibeta Westwood, 1853
      Saturnia (Rinaca) thibeta pahangensis Paukstadt & Paukstadt, 2005
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang).

Genus Actias Leach in Leach & Nodder, 1815
  8. Actias maenas Doubleday, 1847
      Actias maenas diana Maassen in Maassen [& Weymer], 1872

Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang); East Malaysia (Brunei, Sabah).
Remarks: the populations from Malaysia (incl. Borneo) are temporarily placed to the subspecific name diana.
  9. Actias selene (Hübner, "1806-1823")
     Actias selene vandenberghi Roepke, 1956
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang); East Malaysia (Brunei, Sabah).
Remarks: the populations from Malaysia (incl. Borneo) are temporarily placed to the subspecific name vandenberghi.

Genus Antheraea Hübner, 1819 ("1816")
Subgenus Antheraea Hübner, 1819 ("1816")

mylitta/frithi-group (sensu U. Paukstadt et al., 1999)
frithi-subgroup (sensu Nässig, 1991)

10. Antheraea (A.) larissa (Westwood, 1847)
      Antheraea (A.) larissa ridlyi Moore, 1892

Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang); East Malaysia (Brunei).
Remarks: the populations from Malaysia (incl. Borneo) are temporarily placed to the subspecific name ridlyi.
11. Antheraea (A.) platessa W. Rothschild, 1903
      Antheraea (A.) platessa platessa W. Rothschild, 1903

Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang); East Malaysia (Brunei, Sarawak).
Remarks: the populations from Malaysia (incl. Borneo) are temporarily placed to the subspecific name platessa.
12. Antheraea (A.) moultoni Watson, 1927
Distribution: East Malaysia (Brunei, Sarawak).
13. Antheraea (A.) brunei Allen & Holloway, 1986 ("1985")
Distribution: East Malaysia (Brunei).
14. Antheraea (A.) alleni Holloway, 1987
Distribution: East Malaysia (Brunei, Sarawak).
15. Antheraea (A.) zwicki Nässig & Treadaway, 1998
Distribution: East Malaysia (Brunei).
16. Antheraea (A.) ulrichbroschi Paukstadt & Paukstadt, 1999
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang).
The taxon ulrichbroschi is considered by us being distinct from steinkeorum Paukstadt, Brosch & Paukstadt, 1999 (Thailand).

17. Antheraea (A.) broschi Naumann, 2001
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang); East Malaysia (Sabah, Brunei).
The status needs investigation, likely broschi represents a color variant of the widely distributed frithi Moore, 1859.

pernyi-group (sensu Nässig, 1991)
18. Antheraea (A.) roylii Moore, 1859
      Antheraea (A.) roylii roylii Moore, 1859
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang).
Remarks: the populations from West Malaysia are temporarily placed to the subspecific name roylii.
19. Antheraea (A.) lampei Nässig & Holloway, 1989
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang); East Malaysia (Brunei).
helferi-group (sensu Nässig, 1991)
20. Antheraea (A.) helferi Moore, 1859
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang); East Malaysia (Brunei, Sarawak).
Remarks: the populations from Malaysia (incl. Borneo) are temporarily placed to the specific name helferi.
21. Antheraea (A.) diehli Lemaire, 1979
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang); East Malaysia (Brunei).
Subgenus Loepantheraea Toxopeus, 1940
22. Antheraea (Loepantheraea.) rosieri (Toxopeus, 1940)

Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang); East Malaysia (Brunei).
Subgenus Antheraeopsis Wood-Mason, 1886
23. Antheraea (Antheraeopsis.) youngi Watson, 1915
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang); East Malaysia (Brunei, Sarawak).

Genus Loepa Moore, 1859
24. Loepa megacore Jordan, 1911
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang, Perak); East Malaysia (Brunei, Sabah).
25. Loepa sikkima Atkinson in Moore, 1866 ("1865")
      Loepa sikkima sikkima Atkinson in Moore, 1866 ("1865")

Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang, Perak); East Malaysia (Brunei).
Remarks: the populations from Malaysia (incl. Borneo) are temporarily placed to the subspecific name sikkima.

Genus Lemaireia Nässig & Holloway in Holloway, 1987
26. Lemaireia loepoides (Butler, 1880)
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang); East Malaysia (Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak).

Genus Cricula Walker, 1855
27. Cricula trifenestrata (Helfer, 1837)
      Cricula trifenestrata trifenestrata (Helfer, 1837)

Distribution: West Malaysia (Kedah, Pahang, Perak); East Malaysia (Brunei)
Remarks: the populations from Malaysia (incl. Borneo) are temporarily placed to the subspecific name trifenestrata.
28. Cricula elaezia Jordan, 1909
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang); East Malaysia (Brunei, Sarawak).
29. Cricula cameronensis Paukstadt & Paukstadt, 1998
Distribution: West Malaysia (Pahang).
30. Cricula bornea Watson, 1913
Distribution: East Malaysia (Sarawak, Sabah).

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