Attacinae

Rothschild's moth Rothschildia erycina, photographed by Bruce Farnsworth.


Belongs within: Saturnioidea.

The Attacinae is a group of large moths, including the atlas moths, Hercules moths and related species. Grote (1897) characterised this group by having the second branch of the fourth vein in the forewing anastomosing with the first branch, and the discal cell open.

<==Attacinae
    |--Attacus MG06
    |    |--A. atlas (Linnaeus 1758) I92
    |    |--A. crameri DS73
    |    |    |--A. c. crameri DS73
    |    |    `--A. c. lorquinii DS73
    |    |--A. dohertyi DS73
    |    |--A. edwardsi DS73
    |    `--A. ricini MG06
    `--Rothschildia S55
         |--R. erycina (Shaw 1796) [incl. Attacus affinis Felder & Felder 1874] NS07
         |--R. forbesi DS73
         |--R. jacobaeae (Walker 1855) [incl. Attacus satyrus Felder & Felder 1874] NS07
         |--R. jorulla DS73
         |--R. lebeau (Guérin-Ménéville 1868) [=Attacus lebeaui] S55
         |--R. orizaba DS73
         |--R. speculifer DS73
         `--R. splendida (Beauvois 1805) [=Bombyx splendida] S55

*Type species of generic name indicated

REFERENCES

[DS73] Dickens, M., & E. Storey. 1973. The World of Moths. Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc.: New York.

Grote, A. R. 1897. The classification of the Saturniides. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 5 (1): 44-48.

[I92] Iwahashi, J. (ed.) 1992. Reddo Deeta Animaruzu: a pictorial of Japanese fauna facing extinction. JICC: Tokyo.

[MG06] Mallatt, J., & G. Giribet. 2006. Further use of nearly complete 28S and 18S rRNA genes to classify Ecdysozoa: 37 more arthropods and a kinorhynch. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 40: 772-794.

[NS07] Nässig, W. A., & W. Speidel. 2007. On the authorships of the Lepidoptera Atlas of the "Reise der Novara", with a list of the taxa of Bombycoidea [s. l.] therein described (Insecta, Lepidoptera, Bombycoidea). Senckenbergiana Biologica 87 (1): 63-74.

[S55] Schröder, H. 1955. Saturniiden aus El Salvador (Ins. Lep. Heterocera). Senckenbergiana Biologica 36: 209-213.

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