Oberthueria Kirby, 1892

Wang, Xing, Wang, Min, Zolotuhin, Vadim V., Hirowatari, Toshiya, Wu, Shipher & Huang, Guo-Hua, 2015, The fauna of the family Bombycidae sensu lato (Insecta, Lepidoptera, Bombycoidea) from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hainan Islands, Zootaxa 3989 (1), pp. 1-138: 56-58

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Oberthueria Kirby, 1892


XIV. Oberthueria Kirby, 1892  ( FIGURES 21–22View FIGURE 21View FIGURE 22)

Oberthueria Kirby, 1892  , Syn. Cat. Lepid. Het., 1: 720. Type species: Euphranor caeca Oberthür, 1880  , by monotypy.

Oberthueria Staudinger, 1892  , in Romanoff, Mém. Lépid.: 337 Type species: Euphranor caeca Oberthür, 1880  , by monotypy (a junior homonym and junior objective synonym of Oberthueria Kirby, 1892  ).

Oberthüria: Staudinger, 1892  , in Romanoff, Mémoires sur  les lepidoptères (Mém. Lépid.) 6: 337. (incorrect original spelling).

Euphraor: Kirby, 1892  , Syn. Cat. Lepid. Het. 1: 720 (incorrect subsequent spelling).

Euphranor Oberthür, 1880  , Etudes d’Entomologie (Étud. ent.) 5: 40. Type species: Euphranor caeca Oberthür, 1880  , by monotypy (a junior homonym of Euphranor Herrich-Schäffer, 1855  ( Lepidoptera  , Saturniidae  )).

Diagnosis. Characterized by the following features: wings reddish-brown or yellowish-brown; forewing apex falcate; antemedial and postmedial lines serrate; submarginal line straight, outer edge highlighted in white, curved inwards near costa; outer margin with one to several teeth; hindwing with postmedial line serrate;, submarginal line slightly almost straight edged with white; outer margin with variably developed teeth; uncus forcipate; valvae asymmetrical.

Distribution. Sino-Pacific area, from Russian Far East and Japan to southern China and NE Myanmar).

Remarks. Zolotuhin & Wang (2013) revised Oberthueria  to include six species based on morphological characters and partial sequences of the mitochondrial gene, cytochrome-c oxidase I ( COI) ( DNA barcodes).

Robinson et al. (2001) and Zolotuhin & Wang (2013) recorded the larval host plants as species of Aceraceae  (e.g. Acer palmatum Thunb., 1783  , A. septilobum Fang, 1932  , A. mono Maxim., 1857  ), Fagaceae  ( Quercus acutissima Carruth., 1862  , Q. variabilis Bl., 1850  and other species of oaks), Moraceae  ( Morus alba Linn., 1753  ) and Theaceae  ( Camellia japonica Linn., 1753  ). The larvae are unique in having an extremely long anal horn (Plate 7 A – 7 D). In the present paper, five of the six species of Oberthueria  are recorded from China (Map 14).

Map 14. Distribution of Oberthueria  spp. mainly in China.


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