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Paukstadt, U. & L. H. Paukstadt (2003): Beschreibung des unbekannten Weibchens von Actias groenendaeli Roepke, 1954 von der Insel Sumba, Indonesien (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). - Beiträge zur Kenntnis der wilden Seidenspinner (Wilhelmshaven), 1 (1): pp. 16-22; 2 col.-figs., 8 b/w-figs.


Description of the hitherto unknown female of Actias groenendaeli ROEPKE, 1954 from the island of Sumba, Indonesia (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). -

Summary: Thus far Actias groenendaeli ROEPKE, 1954 (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) is only known from the Lesser Sunda Islands and from the southwestern Moluccas, Indonesia. Records are from the island of Sumbawa, western Lesser Sunda Islands, and from the islands of Flores, Sumba and Timor, eastern Lesser Sunda Islands. A male singleton is from the island of Wetar, off the northern coast of Timor, Moluccas Province (in coll. Brechlin, Pasewalk). The record for the island of Lombok by U. Paukstadt & L. H. Paukstadt (2001) based on a lapsus. A. groenendaeli is placed in the maenas-group (sensu Nässig, Lampe & Kager, 1996) of the genus Actias LEACH in Leach & Nodder, 1815, and is altitudinally distributed in mostly higher elevations between about 700 and 1800 m. Nearly four decades after the description of groenendaeli by Roepke after a single female, the appropriate male adult was described for the first time by U. Paukstadt & L. H. Paukstadt (1992). In the same paper the status of groenendaeli, which was originally described as a subspecies of Actias maenas DOUBLEDAY, 1847 was elevated to full species rank. The preimaginal instars of groenendaeli from the island of Timor were described and figured in color by U. Paukstadt & L. H. Paukstadt (1993, 1995), and by Peigler & Wang (1996). The preimaginal instars of the populations from other islands mostly remain unknown. From the island of Sumba the subspecies Actias groenendaeli acutapex KISHIDA, 2000 was described. The name acutapex was lowered into synonymy to groenendaeli by U. Paukstadt & L. H. Paukstadt (2000). In the meantime some more specimens were collected on the island of Sumba. Some males and a single female clearly demonstrate that the adults are highly variable and that the populations from the island of Sumba are morphological not permanent distinct to those of the adjacent islands Timor, Flores and Sumbawa. A. groenendaeli is a quite common species but adults in suitable quality are extremely rare to obtain in the field. Only about ten female adults of groenendaeli are known in collections thus far. For the first time the hitherto unknown female of groenendaeli from the island of Sumba is described and figured in color and compared to female adults of the populations from the adjacent islands Timor and Flores. No taxonomic changes are proposed within this contribution.