Antheraea rosieri Toxopeus comb. n.
Loepantheraea rosieri Toxopeus, 1940, Ent. Meded. Ned.-Indie, 6: 59.
Loepantheraea rosieri Toxopeus; Allen, 1981: 118; Holloway, 1982: 193;
Lampe, 1985: 14.
Diagnosis. The species is distinguished in both sexes by the replacement
of the wing ocelli by an archipelago of hyaline patches. Both sexes are
mainly grey, the male with a dark streak at the posterior edge of the
forewing cell; anterior to this streak the forewing is suffused with
yellow to a variable degree.
Taxonomic notes. The male genitalia are closer to those of other Asian
Antheraea than are those of American taxa, but all possess the strongly
apomorphic features described in the generic introduction. Therefore,
despite the unusual ocellar zones, this species is placed in Antheraea as
suggested by Holloway, 1982, subordinating Loepantheraea Roepke to
Antheraea Hubner, syn. n.
Geographical range. Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo.
Habitat preference. The moth has been taken most often in lowland forest,
but two specimens have been recorded at 1618m on Bukit Retak, Brunei.
>>Forward <<Return to Contents page