Vol. 42 No. 2, 2003
A New Subspecies of Hawkmoth from Lanyu, Taiwan, with a
Revised and Annotated Checklist of the Taiwanese Sphingidae
Yen1,2,*, Ian J. Kitching2 and Chao-Shian Tzen3
of Biological Sciences, Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus,
Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7PY, UK
2Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
3No. 24, Lane 14, Hangchou S. Rd., Sect. 1, Taipei,
Yen, Ian J. Kitching and Chao-Shian Tzen (2003) “Macroglossum lanyuana Chen” was
first recorded from Lanyu (Orchid Island), Taiwan, in 1994, but this
manuscript name has not been made available under the International
Code of Zoological Nomenclature. We herein describe this taxon as Macroglossum ungues cheni ssp. nov.
The relationships and biogeography of M.
ungues Rothschild and Jordan, 1903 are discussed. The occurrence
of M. ungues cheni on Lanyu corroborates
geological evidence for the origin of the island. We also present an
annotated checklist of the Taiwanese Sphingidae as an update to the
Lepidoptera of Taiwan published in 1992.
Key words: Biogeography,
Neo-Wallace’s Line, Peripheral population.
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