Maculinea or Phengaris? New insights from genitalia morphometry

Judit Bereczki, Zoltán Varga, János P. Tóth

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The main goal of our research was to complete the previous studies on the taxonomy of the Phengaris-Maculinea complex applying a geometric morphometric approach on male genitalia. Strong phylogenetic signal was detected in the shape of valva. Phengaris s.str. and Maculinea s.str. could not been separated perfectly owing to the intermediate position of Phengaris xiushani having ‘Maculinea-like’ valva shape. Our investigation emphasizes the need of a more comprehensive phylogenetic survey including all Phengaris species. At the same time, it also suggests that the synonymization of the two genera seems to be reasoned under the name Phengaris as senior synonym.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-59
Number of pages3
JournalZoologischer Anzeiger
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017



  • Geometric morphometry
  • Phylogenetic signal
  • Valva shape

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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