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4275Re: [Indianmoths] Indian Silk Moth Saturnia pyretorum

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  • Sanjay Sondhi
    May 10, 2013
      Thanks a ton, Ian. Are there any papers we can consult to examine
      these issues/revisions?

      Rgds

      Sanjay Sondhi

      Titli Trust
      www.titlitrust.com

      Kalpavriksh
      www.kalpavriksh.org

      +91 135 2607452

      On 10-May-13, at 2:09 PM, Ian Kitching wrote:

      >
      >
      > 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.
      >
      >
      >
      > Cheers,
      >
      >
      >
      > Ian
      >
      >
      >
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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
      >
      >
      >
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      >
      > Sanjay Sondhi
      >
      >
      >
      > Titli Trust
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      > www.titlitrust.com
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      >
      >
      > Kalpavriksh
      >
      > www.kalpavriksh.org
      >
      >
      >
      > +91 135 2607452
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