Improving the knowledge on Romanian Rhopalocera, including the rediscovery of Polyommatus amandus (Schneider, 1792) (Lycaenidae) and an application of DNA-based identification

Vlad Dincǎ, Roger Vila

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Abstract

From May 19th to June 8th of 2007, the authors undertook lepidopterological research in 29 localities in Romania, several of which are poorly or totally unstudied from a lepidopterological point of view. 105 taxa were identified, out of which seven receive special attention in the text, with comments on their distribution, ecology and conservation status. Polyommatus amandus (Schneider, 1792) (Lycaenidae) is recorded for the first time in Romania after 28 years. We provide the first record from Muntenia for Cupido (Everes) decolorata (Staudinger, 1886) (Lycaenidae), and the third known Romanian location for Pseudophilotes bavius egea (Herrich-Schäffer, 1852) (Lycaenidae). Lepidoptera DNA-based identification was used for species identification based on larval stages. This technique confirmed the discovery of Zerynthia polyxena ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) (Papilionidae) in southern Dobrogea and its rediscovery in the entire province after 80 years.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-25
JournalNota Lepidopterologica
Volume31
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2008

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