Male genitalia variability in craniophora ligustri (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Acronictinae)

Ádám Kiss, János P. Tóth, Zoltán Varga

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Craniophora ligustri is the most widely distributed species within the genus Craniophora. We used geometric morphometry to assess the shape variation of male valvae in the Western Palaearctic and Russian Far East populations of C. ligustri including the subspecies C. l. carbolucana and C. l. hyrcanica. Outlines were transformed using Hangle Fourier method followed by shape analyses using multivariate statistics (CVA, UPGMA). Based on the results the Far Eastern sample is clearly separated from the Western Palaearctic populations. The West Palaearctic samples were split to two demes, a Northern and a Southern one. The probable refugia of the Southern deme may have extended from South Italy, the Balkan Peninsula across the Euxinic coast of Asia Minor to the Talysh and Northern Iran (Hyrcanian part of Elburs Mts), while the refugia of the Northern deme have been supposedly extra-Mediterranean.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalActa Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Geographical differentiation
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Noctuidae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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