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Luigi Racheli
Via Fara Sabina 1, I-00199 Rome, ITALY
Tel. & Fax: +39.6.86326522
E-Mail: maxmolly@tin.it [Note from the editor: This e-mail address does no longer exist, and L. Racheli has not provided me with a new one.]

I am interested in Neotropical Saturniidae. Starting 1991, I have travelled several times to South American countries collecting saturniids, and especially in Ecuador. I have visited this country four times from 1993 to 1997.

The Ecuadorian Saturniid fauna

The Ecuadorian Saturniidae are a well known regional fauna of the neotropical realm with a total of 275 species recorded. The data represent approximately one third of the total neotropical species.
 
Subfamilies
Number of species of Saturniidae recorded for Ecuador
Percentage of total Ecuadorian Saturniidae species
Arsenurinae
28
10 %
Ceratocampinae
50
18 %
Hemileucinae
179
65 %
Saturniinae
18
7 %
Total
275
100 %

This high species richness is due to the presence of various biomes in such a small area of the country (approximately 280,000 km²).

A total of 267 species were recorded by Lemaire & Venedictoff (1989). In  later years, eight additional species were reported for Ecuador.

It is expected that further faunistical studies on restricted areas of the eastern slope of the Andes will deliver cues to explain the presence and the limits of a transitional zone between the Amazonian and Andean regions.

Selected references


Luigi Racheli
Via Fara Sabina 1, I-00199 Rome, ITALY
Tel. & Fax: +39.6.86326522
E-Mail: maxmolly@tin.it [Note from the editor: This e-mail address does no longer exist, and L. Racheli has not provided me with a new one.]

List of publications on Saturniidae
(as of November 1998)

Papers on Ecuadorian Saturniidae

Further papers on Neotropical Saturniidae
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© Luigi Racheli 1998–2000.
Received 18 November 1998, newly adapted 21. December 1998.
Transformed into HTML by W. A. Nässig (last correction 9. December 1998, 31. August 1999, 14. March 2000, 18. January 2002, 22. July 2004, 9. VII. 2008).