List of Entomological Publications (Autobibliographie)
Ulrich PAUKSTADT & Laela Hayati PAUKSTADT


(Summary)


BACK Publications


Paukstadt, U. & Paukstadt, L. H. (2003): Erstnachweis von Opodiphthera (N.) sahulensis Paukstadt, Paukstadt & Suhardjono, 2003 comb. rev. für das Kai Archipel (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). - Beiträge zur Kenntnis der wilden Seidenspinner (Wilhelmshaven), 1 (1): pp. 40-43; 9 col.-figs., 1 b/w-fig.

First record of Opodiphthera (N.) sahulensis PAUKSTADT, PAUKSTADT & SUHARDJONO, 2003 comb. rev. for the Kai Archipelago (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae).

Summary: The wild silkmoth Opodiphthera (Neodiphthera) sahulensis PAUKSTADT, PAUKSTADT & SUHARDJONO, 2003 comb. rev. (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) is recorded from the island of Kai Besar, Kai Archipelago (former Ewab islands), Moluccas, Indonesia for the first time. O. (N.) sahulensis was originally described and thus far is only known from the Aru Archipelago. A closely related or probably even conspecific taxon might be the very recently described Opodiphthera (Neodiphthera) sulphurea LANE & NAUMANN, 2003 comb. nov. from Queensland, Australia. Further investigations on the status of the latter taxon are considered necessary. In late 2003 we surprisingly received three male specimens of sahulensis from the Mt. Dab, Island of Kai Besar, which were collected about 250 m above sea level. Thus far no other members of the genus Opodiphthera WALLENGREN, 1858 with its subgenera Neodiphthera FLETCHER in Fletcher & Nye, 1982, Syntherata MAASSEN, 1873, Pararhodia COCKERELL, 1914 or the nominotypical subgenus (sensu Paukstadt, Paukstadt & Suhardjono 2003) were collected on the Kai Archipelago. O. (N.) sahulensis from the Aru Archipelago was observed being a variable taxon. The same observation was now made on specimens from the Kai Archipelago, but the males of both populations were found being not variable in their genitalia structures. No differences at all were found in the genitalia structures of sahulensis from the Aru and Kai Archipelagos.