Australian Museum Journal The insect fauna of Funafuti. IV. The insect fauna

Shortform:
Rainbow, 1897, Aust. Mus. Mem. 3(1): 89–104
Author(s):
Rainbow, W. J.
Year published:
1897
Title:
The insect fauna of Funafuti. IV. The insect fauna
Serial title:
Australian Museum Memoir
Volume:
3
Issue:
1
Start page:
89
End page:
104
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1967.3.1897.490
Language:
English
Plates:
plate i
Date published:
25 February 1897
Cover date:
25 February 1897
ISSN:
0067-1967
CODEN:
AUNMA5
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
INSECTA
Digitized:
20 February 2009
Available online:
09 March 2009
Reference number:
490
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (82kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1411kb PDF)

Abstract

[excerpt from p. 90] Mr. O. M. W oodford says, in endeavouring to account for the insect fauna he found there:

"Of the insect fauna, the scorpions, spiders, most of the beetles, Evania appendigaster, the ants, the blatta, and the earwig, were most probably conveyed to the islands by ships.

"The remaining insect fauna, comprising the butterflies, eleven moths, three species of hymenoptera, one of the hemiptera, the locusta and the dragon-flies, were probably wind-borne, and I think that such of them as are not of almost cosmopolitan range most probably reached the group through the Marshalls.

"Of the two species of butterflies, Junonia vellida is generally distributed throughout the Pacific Islands, but Hypolimnas rarick, so far as I know, although found in the Marshalls, does not extend further to the south-east than the Gilbert Group." The eleven species of moths taken by Woodford during his visit to the Gilbert Islands in 1884 were:  (1) Chaerocampa erotoides, (2) Cephonodes hylas, (3) Deiopeia pulchella, (4) Prodenia retina, (5) Amyna oeto, (6) Heliothis armigera, (7) Catephia linteola, (8) Archaea melicerte, (9) Remigia translata, (10) Marasmia creonalis, and (11) Chloanges suralis. The latter insect was described by Mr. Butler as a new species, under the name of Margeronia woodfordi, but he has since identified it with Chloanges suralis of Zeller.