The Saturniidae (Lepidoptera) of the Moluccas.
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Introduction: The present check list of the Saturniidae of the Moluccas might be rather incomlete and names occasionally doubtfull because the fauna of the Moluccas remains poorly known. A revision of the taxa of the genera Opodiphthera Wallengren, 1858 and Coscinocera Butler, 1879, which are distributed in the Moluccas and Irian Jaya is in preparation by U. Paukstadt et al. The genera Syntherata Maassen, 1873, Neodiphthera Fletcher in Fletcher & Nye, 1982 and Pararhodia Cockerell, 1914 were recently placed in subgeneric rank to the genus Opodiphthera, cf. Paukstadt, Paukstadt & Suhardjono, 2003. 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 25 taxa of 8 genera of the family Saturniidae (Lepidoptera) are recorded for the Moluccas. 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: North Moluccas Province ([Bacan Isl. considered erroneous])
Remarks: presently no reliable records for A. atlas for the Moluccas present

  2. Attacus crameri C. Felder, 1861
Distribution: Moluccas Province (Ambon Isl., Saparua Isl., Seram Isl., Buru Isl.), North Moluccas Prov. (Bacan Isl.)
  3. Attacus aurantiacus W. Rothschild, 1895
Distribution: Moluccas Province (Kai Archipelago), North Moluccas Province (Bacan Isl.)
  4. Attacus dohertyi W. Rothschild, 1895
Distribution: Moluccas Province (Romang Isl., Damar Isl.)
  5. Attacus intermedius Jurriaanse & Lindemans, 1920
Distribution: Moluccas Province (Tanimbar Archipelago)
  6. Attacus paraliae Peigler, 1985
Distribution: North Moluccas Province (Sanana Isl.)

Genus Coscinocera Butler, 1879
  7. Coscinocera rothschildi Le Moult, 1933
Distribution: North Moluccas Province (Halmahera Isl.)
  8. Coscinocera eurystheus W. Rothschild, 1898
Distribution: Moluccas Province (Aru Archipelago)

Genus Samia Hübner, 1819 ("1816")
  9. Samia ceramensis Bouvier, 1927
Distribution: Moluccas Province (Seram Isl.).
10. Samia naumanni U. Paukstadt, Peigler & L. H. Paukstadt, 1998
Distribution: North Moluccas Province (Sanana Isl.)
11. Samia naessigi Naumann & Peigler, 2001
Distribution: North Moluccas Province (Halmahera Isl.)


Tribe Saturniini Boisduval, 1837 ("1834")

Genus Actias Leach in Leach & Nodder, 1815

12. Actias groenendaeli Roepke, 1954
Distribution: Moluccas Province (Wetar Isl.)

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

mylitta/frithi-group (sensu U. Paukstadt, Brosch & L. H. Paukstadt, 1999)
frithi-subgroup (sensu Nässig, 1991)

13. Antheraea (A.) rumphii C. Felder, 1861

Distribution: Moluccas Province (Ambon Isl., Seram Isl., Buru Isl.)
14. Antheraea (A.) pelengensis Brechlin, 2000
Distribution: North Moluccas Province (Sanana Isl.)
helferi-group (sensu Nässig, 1991)
15. Antheraea (A.) hollowayi Nässig & Naumann, 1998

Distribution: Moluccas Province (Seram Isl.)

Genus Cricula Walker, 1855
16. Cricula trifenestrata (Helfer, 1837)
      Cricula trifenestrata serama Nässig, 1989

Distribution: Moluccas Province (Seram).
17. Cricula trifenestrata banggaiensis Naumann & U. Paukstadt, 1997
Distribution: North Moluccas Province (Sanana Isl.).

Genus Opodiphthera Wallengren, 1858
Subgenus Neodiphthera Fletcher in Fletcher & Nye, 1982
18. Opodiphthera (N.) sahulensis Paukstadt, Paukstadt & Suhardjono, 2003
Distribution: Moluccas Province (Aru Archipelago)
19. Opodiphthera (N.) aruensis Paukstadt, Paukstadt & Suhardjono, 2003
Distribution: Moluccas Province (Aru Archipelago)
20. Opodiphthera (N.) ceramensis Bouvier, 1928
Distribution: Moluccas Province (Seram Isl., Buru Isl.)
21. Opodiphthera (N.) tenimberensis Niepelt, 1934
Distribution: Moluccas Province (Tanimbar Archipelago)
Subgenus Syntherata Maassen, 1873
22. Opodiphthera (S.) sinjaevi Naumann & Brechlin, 2001
Distribution: North Moluccas Province (Halmahera Isl.)
23. Opodiphthera (S.) innescens Naumann & Brechlin, 2001
Distribution: Moluccas Province (Ambon Isl., Seram Isl., Buru Isl.)
24. Opodiphthera (S.) doboensis Paukstadt & Paukstadt, 2004
Distribution: Moluccas Province (Aru Archipelago)
25. Opodiphthera (S.) janetta (White, 1843)
Distribution: Moluccas Province (Aru Archipelago)
Remarks: the status of the populations needs determined and the janetta species-group revised,
publication in preparation by U. Paukstadt et al.




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