Taxonomic review of Euphydryas maturna (Linnaeus, 1758) (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae) with description of a new subspecies from dobrogea (Romania) and notes on conservation biology

L. Rákosy, K. Pecsenye, C. Mihali, A. Tóth, Z. Varga

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Abstract

Taxonomy, geographical range and subspecific subdivision of Euphydryas maturna are considered. The isolated population from Dobrogea is described as E. maturna opulenta ssp. n. based on external and genital characters. The separation is also supported by the significant genetic differentiation based on 17 allozyme loci. The Dobrogea population was shown to be highly differentiated from the nearby populations in the Carpathian basin. This population may therefore be an relict population and possibly also an evolutionarily significant unit. Its conservation is of high concern as are many other butterfly species inhabiting sparse deciduous forests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-161
Number of pages17
JournalActa Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Volume58
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Biogeography
  • Conservation biology
  • Euphydryas maturna subspecies
  • Genital characters
  • Melitaeini taxonomy

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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