List of Entomological Publications (Autobibliographie)
Ulrich PAUKSTADT & Laela Hayati PAUKSTADT
Paukstadt, U. & Paukstadt, L. H. (2003): Diskussionsbeitrag zum taxonomischen Status von Attacus atlas (Linnaeus, 1758) aus westmalaiischen Populationen (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). - Beiträge zur Kenntnis der wilden Seidenspinner (Wilhelmshaven), 1 (1): pp. 3-5.
Deformations in antennae of adults of Attacus suparmani U. PAUKSTADT & L. H. PAUKSTADT, 2002 (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). -
Summary: This contribution on knowledge of the Southeast Asian wild silkmoths (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae: Attacini) particulary deals with the taxonomic status of two distinct morphs of the giant atlas moth Attacus atlas (LINNAEUS, 1758). Both morphs inhabit Peninsular Malaysia but are clearly distributed in different altitudinal zones. Each morph was observed being restricted to the lowlands of Perak and to the higher mountain ranges of the Cameron Highlands respectively. Both morphs of A. atlas are clearly definable due to the shapes of forewings, particularly of the forewing apices, the sizes over all, and finally due to the different altitudinal distributions. The populations from the highlands are much larger in size with clearly slender and very pointed forewing apices, while the populations from the lowlands are smaller in size with much shorter forewing apices. The lowland populations were reared and the preimaginals were described by U. Paukstadt & L. H. Paukstadt (1985). Thus far the female and the early stages of the highland populations remain unknown. Peigler in his 1989 revision of the genus Attacus LINNAEUS, 1767 did not recognize any subspecies for atlas. The rearing of the preimaginal instars, as well as further investigations on the status of the populations from the Cameron Highlands are considered needed. Specimens of the highland and the lowland populations might be either distinct on whatever level, or simple morphs of a single taxon only. Several names are present and available in the synonymy of atlas, further studies therefore may not reveal in the description of a new taxon. This contribution based on specimens of the genus Attacus in coll. L. H. Paukstadt (Wilhelmshaven, Germany); the special collection of Attacus is now preserved in coll. Museum Witt (Munich, Germany). No taxonomic changes are proposed within this discussion.