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4270RE: [Indianmoths] Indian Silk Moth Saturnia pyretorum

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  • Ian Kitching
    May 10, 2013

      Dear All,

                          The Saturnia pyretorum complex has recently been divided into a number of species, and S. pyretorum is now restricted to SE China, Taiwan and maybe N Vietnam (as far as I am aware). The populations from Nepal to Bhutan are now assigned to Saturnia cidosa, and it is this species to which I believe the Nagaland moth belongs.


      With regard to Samia, the same has happened, a revision has divided what was previously “cynthia” into a number of species. So now S. cynthia is restricted to NE China, Korea and maybe the Russian Far east. At present, it seems that S. canningii is the only species in most of NE India. However, the very similar S. kohlli is known from Miao in Arunachal Pradesh and so might be expected further southwest. Unfortunately, the two species are rather variable and have overlapping wing pattern  characters, and separation of canningii from kohlli is only certain by examination of the male genitalia. Further west in India, and in Nepal, the only Samia is canningii.






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      From: Indianmoths@... [mailto:Indianmoths@...] On Behalf Of Sanjay Sondhi
      Sent: 09 May 2013 05:23
      To: Indian Moths
      Subject: [Indianmoths] Indian SIlk Moth Saturnia pyretorum


      Hello folks,


      Here is another pretty Saturniid from Nagaland, possibly the first record from the state, in fact the only record of it from India is from Sikkim. Known distribution includes China, Hongkong, Myanmar, Nepal, India (Sikkim). Hence this extends its known range. Ian, Roger and Peter's checklist of Saturniids for common names did not include this species, though Hampson does list it from Sikkim. 


      Indian Silk Moth/Fish-line Silk Moth  Saturnia pyretorum

      10 Mar 2013

      Chizami, 1,500 m

      Similar species: Saturnia pinratanai



      Sanjay Sondhi


      Titli Trust




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