The Saturniidae (Lepidoptera) of the Philippines.
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Introduction: The following check list was compiled from literature, and mainly based on the contribution by Nässig, W. A. & Treadaway, C. T. (1998): The Saturniidae (Lepidoptera) of the Philippines. - Nachrichten Entomologischer Verein Apollo (Frankfurt am Main), Suppl. 17: pp. 223-424, and updated with other related contributions published at a later date. 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: The check list is updated frequently. Presently 31 taxa of 7 genera of the family Saturniidae (Lepidoptera) are recorded for the Philippines. 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: Batanes Isl. and Babuyan Isl. (off the northern coast of Luzon)
  2. Attacus lorquinii C. & Felder, 1861
Distribution: northern Philippines: Luzon, Calayan Isl., Polillo Isl., Mindoro, Marinduque, Sibuyan, Masbate, Panay, Guimaras, Negros, Cebu. Records from the southernmost islands doubtful.
  3. Attacus caesar Maassen in Maassen [& Weymer], 1873
Distribution: southern Philippines: Jolo, Basilan, Mindanao, Bohol, Leyte, Samar. Records from the northernmost islands doubtful.
  4. Attacus lemairei Peigler, 1985
Distribution: Balabac, Palawan Isl.

Genus Samia Hübner, 1819 ("1816")
  5. Samia luzonica (Watson, 1914)
Distribution: Luzon, Batanes Isl., Marinduque, Mindoro, Borocay, Panay, Negros, Samar, Leyte, Mindanao, Jolo (Sulu Archipelago).
  6. Samia treadawayi Naumann, 1998
Distribution: Palawan.

Tribe: Saturniini Boisduval, 1837 ("1834")
Genus Actias Leach in Leach & Nodder, 1815

  7. Actias philippinica philippinica Nässig & Treadaway, 1997
Distribution: Luzon, Mindoro, Panay, Negros, Masbate, Marinduque, Bohol, Mindanao.
  8. Actias philippinica bulbosa Nässig & Treadaway, 1997
Distribution: Palawan.
  9. Actias selene (Hübner, "1806-1823")
      Actias selene brevijuxta Nässig & Treadaway, 1997
Distribution: Luzon, Mindoro, Mindanao.

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: Palawan.
11. Antheraea (A.) mindoroensis Brosch & U. Paukstadt in U. Paukstadt & Brosch, 1996
      Antheraea (A.) mindoroensis philippirissa Treadaway & Nässig, 1997 [junior synonym of A. mindoroensis Brosch & U. Paukstadt in U. Paukstadt & Brosch, 1996]
Distribution: Mindoro, Luzon, Negros, Panay, Samar, Leyte, Mindanao.
12. Antheraea (A.) semperi semperi C. & R. Felder, 1861
Distribution: Luzon, Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Siargo, Mindanao.
13. Antheraea (A.) semperi noeli Nässig & Treadaway, 1998
Distribution: Mindoro.
14. Antheraea (A.) zwicki Nässig & Treadaway, 1998
Distribution: Palawan.
15. Antheraea (A.) gulata Nässig & Treadaway, 1998
Distribution: Palawan, Balabac.
16. Antheraea (A.) schroederi U. Paukstadt, Brosch & L H. Paukstadt, 1999
Distribution: Luzon, Marinduque, Negros, Panay, Samar, Leyte, Mindanao.
rosieri-group (sensu Nässig, 1991)
17. Antheraea (A.) rosieri (Toxopeus, 1940)
      Antheraea (A.) rosieri imeldae Nässig & Treadaway, 1998 [junior synonym of A. rosieri (Toxopeus, 1940)]
Distribution: Palawan, Mindanao (singleton).
helferi-group (sensu Nässig, 1991)
18. Antheraea (A.) halconensis U. Paukstadt & Brosch, 1996
Distribution: Luzon, Mindoro, Negros, Panay, Samar, Leyte, Bohol, Mindanao.
Subgenus Antheraeopsis Wood-Mason, 1886
19. Antheraea (Ao.) paniki Nässig & Treadaway, 1998
Distribution: Luzon, Mindoro, Negros Panay, Samar, Leyte, Homonhon, Mindanao.
20. Antheraea (Ao.) sahi Nässig & Treadaway, 1998
Distribution: Palawan.

Genus Loepa Moore, 1859
21. Loepa mindanaensis Schüssler, 1933
Distribution: Mindanao.
22. Loepa nigropupillata Nässig & Treadaway, 1988
Distribution: Luzon, Sibuyan.
23. Loepa palawana Nässig & Treadaway, 1997
Distribution: Palawan.
24. Loepa visayana Brechlin, 2000
Distribution: Leyte, Panay.

Genus Lemaireia Nässig & Holloway in Holloway, 1987
25. Lemaireia schintlmeisteri Nässig & Lampe, 1989
Distribution: Mindanao.

Genus Cricula Walker, 1855
26. Cricula trifenestrata (Helfer, 1837)
      Cricula trifenestrata treadawayi Nässig, 1989
Distribution: Palawan, Linapacan, Mindoro, Negros, Cebu, Mindanao.
27. Cricula luzonica luzonica Jordan, 1909
Distribution: Luzon.
28. Cricula luzonica leyteana Nässig & Treadaway, 1998
Distribution: Leyte.
29. Cricula luzonica kareli Nässig & Treadaway, 1998
Distribution: Mindanao.
30. Cricula mindanaensis Nässig & Treadaway, 1997
Distribution: Mindanao.
31. Cricula palawanica Brechlin, 2000
Distribution: Palawan.

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