Zoological Studies

Vol. 44 No. 1, 2005

A Taxonomic Revision of the Korean Epipleminae (Lepidoptera: Uraniidae), with Phylogenetic Comments on the Involved Genera

Jae-Cheon Sohn1 and Shen-Horn Yen2,*

1Insect Systematic Bioinformatics Laboratory, Department of Plant Medicine, Chungbuk National University, Gaesin-dong San 48, Heungdeok-gu, Cheongju 361-763, Chungbuk, Korea
2Department of Biological Sciences, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 804

Jae-Cheon Sohn and Shen-Horn Yen (2005) The Korean fauna of the Epipleminae (Uraniidae) is revised based on the most-recent taxonomic reassessment of this subfamily. Except for 2 unplaced species of the ‘Epiplemastyx complex, 9 species in 5 genera are recognized with 4 new to the Korean Peninsula and 2 new synonyms (Epiplema sponsa Swinhoe, 1895 of Oroplema plagifera (Butler, 1881), and Gathynia fasciaria, 1897 of Monobolodes prunaria (Moore, 1887)) established. Diagnoses and illustrations are given for all involved species. Keys to the identification of adults are provided for the genera and species. The phylogenetic implications of wing patterns, genitalia, and the androconial organ are discussed. The monophyletic status of the genera Monobolodes and Phazaca is yet to be tested.

Key words: Tympanal organ, Androconial organ, Wing pattern, Wing-folding behavior.

*Correspondence: Department of Biological Sciences, National Sun YatSen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan. E-mail: shenhornyen@hotmail.com