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FIRST RECORD OF THE GENUS AETHALIDA WALKER, 1865 (LEPIDOPTERA: EREBIDAE: ARCTIINAE) FROM FLORES ISLAND, EAST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA

Vitaly M. Spitsyn, Ivan N. Bolotov, Mikhail Y. Gofarov, Nikita I. Bolotov

Abstract


The discussed record marks presence of the genus Aethalida Walker, 1865 in East Nusa Tenggara (Flores Island, Indonesia) for the first time. We have found that a specimen from Flores Island shows great similarity with A. owadai Dubatolov & Kishida, 2005, an endemic species of Selayar Island. Comparing external morphology of A. owadai and the discussed specimen, we were able to highlight some key differences in structure of the male genitalia and in the markings pattern. The given morphological features are sufficient to establish a new subspecies, A. owadai floresiensis ssp. n.


Keywords


Tiger moths; island biogeography; Aethalida owadai; new subspecies; Lesser Sunda Islands; West Flores.

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