Bornean Arctiidae of subfamilies Syntominae (55spp.), Euchromiinae
(2spp.) and Arctiinae (40spp.) are described, with comments on the subfamily
classification of the group. Presence of a pair of dorsal glands on the
ovipositor is discussed as an arctiid apomorphy. The Ctenuchinae, Euchromiinae,
Thyretinae and Syntominae all show this feature and may form a group within the
Arctiidae that is defined by fusion of the anterior veins of the hindwing.
Genera of the Syntominae are redefined using genitalic characters, and
two new genera are described.
The tribal classification of the Arctiinae is discussed. A major
grouping of species is transferred from Nyctemera to Utetheisa. The
genus Aethalida is reviewed.
The genus Camptoloma (1sp.) and the Aganainae (Hypsidae) (16spp.)
have been included in the Arctiidae in the past and are discussed here, though
these taxa are best placed in the Noctuidae. A cladogram is presented indicating
relationships of taxa within the Aganainae. One lineage is noted as feeding on
Apocynaceae and Asclepiadaceae, and. the other mainly on Moraceae (Ficus).
For each species a diagnosis and the geographical range are given and,
where known, details of habitat preference and biology. Summary lists are given
of the new taxa described (2 genera and 14 species) as well as of numerous other
taxonomic changes. A checklist of all Bornean taxa is provided.
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