Studies on external genitalia of seven Indian species of the genus Spilarctia Butler (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae: Arctiinae) alongwith the description of a new species

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J.S. Kirti
N.S. Gill


Seven species i.e. Spilarctia mona (Swinhoe), S. castanea (Hampson), S. bifascia Hampson, S. coorgensis sp. nov., S. obliqua (Walker), S. casigneta (Kollar) and S. todara (Moore) have been taxonomically treated from the Western Ghats of India. The external male and female genitalic structures of these species have been described and illustrated in detail. A key to the studied species is also given.

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J.S. Kirti

Jagbir Singh Kirti is working as a professor in the Department of Zoology, Punjabi University, Patiala. He is an eminent lepidopterist. He has been working on the taxonomy of Family Arctiidae since 1994. So far he has published 120 research papers, and completed five major research projects and working on three more projects. Presently, he is working on the second major DST research project on the taxonomic revision of Indian Arctiidae (Part-ii).

N.S. Gill

Navneet Singh Gill is working as a lecturer in entomology in the Department of Agriculture, Baba Farid College, Bathinda. He has published 17 research papers and is presently, working as an organizing secretary of a National Conference on Agriculture to be held on September 2-3, 2010.