List of Entomological Publications (Autobibliographie)
Ulrich PAUKSTADT & Laela Hayati PAUKSTADT
Paukstadt, U. & Paukstadt, L. H. (2001): Beitrag zur Variabilität von Antheraea (Antheraea) tenggarensis Brechlin, 2000 von der Insel Sumba, Indonesien (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). - Galathea - Berichte des Kreises Nürnberger Entomologen eV (Nürnberg), Suppl. 10: pp. 64-65.
Summary: Contribution on the variability of Antheraea (Antheraea) tenggarensis Brechlin, 2000 from the island of Sumba, Indonesia (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). -
The wild oak silkmoth Antheraea (Antheraea) tenggarensis Brechlin, 2000 (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) represents a taxon of the mylitta/frithi-group (sensu U. Paukstadt, Brosch & L. H. Paukstadt 1999), and is distributed on the island of Sumbawa, Western Lesser Sunda Islands (Nusa Tenggara Barat Province, NTB), and on the island of Sumba, Eastern Lesser Sunda Islands (Nusa Tenggara Timur Province, NTT), Indonesia. This taxon is a rare species, the female of A. tenggarensis from Sumba still remains unknown. From Sumba only six male adults are known in collections thus far. A single male was collected in western Sumba in an altitude of only 50 m above sea level (coll. Dr. R. Brechlin, Pasewalk), and fife males were recently collected in eastern Sumba in an altitude of 1,030 m above sea level (coll. L. H. Paukstadt, Wilhelmshaven, coll. Dr. R. Brechlin, Pasewalk, and coll. Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense, Cibinong). Both series were observed being much distinct in the ground coloration of the wings. The single lowland male shows the ground coloration and pattern which is also known in specimens from the island of Sumbawa collected in altitudes from between approximately sea level and 1,020 m above sea level. In male specimens from the highlands of Sumba the yellowish coloration of the wings, which is common in male specimens of the mylitta/frithi-group, was observed being totally reduced and changed to reddish brown. The reason for this considerable color variation is unknown to us. Most likely this color variation was caused by temperature and/or humidity influences during the preimaginal instars. The junior author observed similar color variations in male specimens of the mylitta/frithi-group when reared under laboratory conditions in Germany, cf. L. H. Paukstadt, U. Paukstadt & Naumann (1996).