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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Cladus: Eulepidoptera
Cladus: Ditrysia
Cladus: Apoditrysia
Cladus: Obtectomera
Cladus: Macroheterocera
Superfamilia: Bombycoidea

Familia: Saturniidae
Subfamilia: Saturniinae
Tribus: Attacini
Genus: Attacus
Species: A. atlasA. aurantiacus - A. ceasar – A. crameri – A. dohertyi – A. erebus – A. lemairei – A. lorquinii – A. paraliae – A. paukstadtorum – A. philippina – A. selayarensis – A. siriae – A. soembanus – A. suparmani – A. wardi


Attacus Linnaeus, 1767

Type species: Phalaena atlas Linnaeus, 1758 by subsequent designation by Int. Commn zool. Nom. , 1957

Brechlin, R. 2010g: Notes on the genus Attacus Linnaeus, 1767 from the Lesser Sunda Islands (Indonesia), with the description of a new species (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) Entomo-satsphingia, 3(2): 62–67. Reference page.
Brechlin, R. & Schayck van,E., 2016b. Two new taxa in the genus Attacus Linnaeus, 1767 (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) from Buru (Indonesia) and Calayan Island (Philippines). Entomo-Satsphingia 9(2): 47–53. Reference page.
Nässig, W. A. & Treadaway, C. G. (1998): The Saturniidae (Lepidoptera) of the Philippines. Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo Supplement 17: 223–424
Naumann, S. & Peigler, R.S. 2012. A new species of Attacus (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) from Selayar Island, Indonesia. Nachrichten des entomologischen Vereins Apollo NF 33(1): 45–48. Reference page.
Paukstadt, U.; & Paukstadt, L.H. (2002): Attacus suparmani n. sp., eine neue Saturniide von der Insel Alor, Indonesien (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). Galathea Berichte des Kreises Nürnberger Entomologen e.V. Supplement 12: 17–25
Peigler, R.S. 1985. Zwei neue Arten der Gattung Attacus (Lepidoptera, Saturniidae). Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo 6(2): 53–60. Reference page.

Attacus is a genus of moths in the family Saturniidae. The genus was erected by Carl Linnaeus in his 1767 12th edition of Systema Naturae.[1]

The genus contains the Atlas moth (Attacus atlas), and Attacus caesar, the second and third largest known moths (in terms of wingspan), though different sources treat one or the other as slightly larger.[2][3]


Attacus atlas (Linnaeus, 1758) (Oriental region) – Atlas moth
Attacus aurantiacus W. Rothschild, 1895 (Kai Archipelago)
Attacus caesar Maassen, 1873 (Philippines)
Attacus crameri C. Felder, 1861 (Buru, Seram, Ambon)
Attacus dohertyi W. Rothschild, 1895 (Sumba, Timor, Roma, and Damar)
Attacus erebus Fruhstorfer, 1904 (Sulawesi)
Attacus inopinatus Jurriaanse & Lindemans, 1920 (Sumbawa, Flores)
Attacus intermedius Jurriaanse & Lindemans, 1920 (Tanimbar Archipelago, Babar Archipelago)
Attacus lemairei Peigler, 1985 (Palawan)
Attacus lorquinii C. & R. Felder, 1861 (Philippines)
Attacus mcmulleni Watson, 1914 (Andamans)
Attacus paraliae Peigler, 1985 (Banggai Archipelago, Sula Archipelago)
Attacus paukstadtorum Brechlin, 2010 (Lombok)
Attacus philippina Bouvier, 1930 (Philippines)
Attacus selayarensis Naumann & Peigler, 2010 (Selayar)
Attacus siriae Brechlin & van Schayck, 2016 (Buru)
Attacus suparmani U. & L. Paukstadt, 2002 (Alor)
Attacus taprobanis Moore, 1882 (Sri Lanka, southwestern India)
Attacus wardi W. Rothschild, 1910 (northern Australia)

Male Attacus dohertyi from Timor
See also

List of largest insects


"Attacus". Encyclopedia of Life.
Book of Insect Records - Chapter 32: Largest Lepidopteran Wing Span
Peigler, Richard S. (1989). A Revision of the Indo-Australian Genus: Attacus (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). Lepidoptera Research Foundation. ISBN 0961146427. Retrieved 5 June 2018.

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