FAMILY SATURNIIDAE
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Antheraea alleni sp. n. 
Antheraea moultoni sensu Allen, 1981: 116, and Holloway, 1981: 125.


Antheraea alleni (lowland)
(.61 natural size)

Antheraea alleni (montane)
(.61 natural size)

Antheraea alleni
(.61 natural size)


male.gif (860 bytes)male.gif (860 bytes)45-52mm, female.gif (844 bytes)female.gif (844 bytes)55mm. This is the smallest Bornean species. It is a rich rufous brown with more orange highlights and distinctive orange fringes. The ocelli are relatively small compared with celebensis and moultoni, particularly in the female where the nacreous zone is reduced to a point. The submarginal of the forewing curves basad at the dorsum slightly instead of running approximately straight to meet it as in moultoni; it is obscure in the male but a distinct, fine, dark line in the female. The male genitalia are typical of the frithi complex and offer no diagnostic features.

Holotype male.gif (860 bytes)BRUNEI: 1618m, Bukit Retak, 25.4.1981 (Lt. Col. M.G. Allen).

Paratypes: 7 male.gif (860 bytes)male.gif (860 bytes) 2 female.gif (844 bytes)female.gif (844 bytes) as holotype, various dates; 1male.gif (860 bytes)BRUNEI: 1670m, Bukit Pagon, montane forest, 1982 (Allen & Harman); 1male.gif (860 bytes) SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.), Site 20, March, W. Melinau Gorge, 150m, 422577, FEG3, kerangas, BM saturniid slide 408.

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference.
Most specimens have been taken in upper montane forest in Brunei, but one male was taken in wet heath (kerangas) forest at 150m in the Gunong Mulu National Park, Sarawak, this last was larger than the males from montane forest.

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