Morphometric study on the genitalia of sibling species Melitaea phoebe and M. Telona (Lepidoptera

Nymphalidae)

J. P. Tóth, Z. Varga

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Abstract

Taxonomy and phylogeny of the diverse nymphalid genus Melitaea was often considered during the last decade. Melitaea phoebe (Knapweed Fritillary) and M. telona has been considered as conspecific until the last few years. Morphometric characters of genital structures were analysed by traditional morphometric method. Significant but slightly overlapping differences were found in both sexes. In male genitalia we observed that M. telona can be characterised by a more notched saccus, and more symmetric processi posteriore than M. phoebe. In females, Melitaea phoebe has more circle shaped, while M. telona has more elliptic shaped posterior lamella. The furca is usually smaller in M. phoebe. M. phoebe ornata specimens from the South Ural, Russia, were clustered together with M. telona in the analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-282
Number of pages10
JournalActa Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Volume56
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Male and female genitalia
  • Melitaea phoebe
  • Melitaea telona
  • Morphometrics
  • Taxonomic separation

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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