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External morphology of the last instar larva of Phauda mimica Strand, 1915 (Lepidoptera: Zygaenoidea)

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The external morphology of last instar larvae of Phauda mimica Strand, 1915, from Taiwan is described. The slug-like larvae are glossy brownish white in coloration. Dorsally they are covered by a tergal cap consisting of a dense mesh of irregularly interwoven silk fibres with additional cellular elements and hardened incrustations. This peculiar structure is not known from other Lepidoptera. According to the present morphological findings, the genus (along with allied genera) does probably not belong to the Zygaenidae, as hitherto suggested, but rather represents the sister group of the limacodid-group families currently comprising the (Megalopygidae/Somabrachyidae + (Aididae + (Dalceridae + Limacodidae))).

Affiliations: 1: H. Fänger & C. M. Naumann, Zoologisches Forschungsinstitut und Museum Alexander Koe- nig, Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany; 2: Laboratory of Natural Resource Conservation, Department of Biology and Institute of Life Science, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan


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