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Phylogeography of the threatened butterfly, the woodland brown Lopinga achine (Nymphalidae Satyrinae):  implications for conservation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology.
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2012 (English)In: Journal of Insect Conservation, ISSN 1366-638X, E-ISSN 1572-9753, Vol. 16, no 2, 305-313 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We have studied the phylogeography of the red-listed Palearctic butterfly Lopinga achine (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae) based on 1,450 base pairs of mitochondrial DNA sequences from 86 individuals representing 12 populations. Our results indicate a strong structuring of genetic variation, with among-population differences accounting for ca. 67% of the variation and almost all populations being significantly differentiated from each other. We surmise that the insular nature of populations as well as the low dispersal ability of the species has given rise to such a pattern. The genetic diversity within populations is low compared to that in other butterflies. Our results point to a scenario where the species originated in the Eastern Palearctic and expanded into Europe. Based on the analyses, we suggest that the Czech population merits the highest conservation priority. The two Swedish populations represent a distinct evolutionary lineage, and hence merit high conservation attention. The Estonian and Asian populations had the highest genetic diversity, and although we do not consider them to be under immediate threat, their genetic diversity should be conserved in the long term.

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2012. Vol. 16, no 2, 305-313 p.
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Lopinga achine, Phylogeography, Conservation, Red-list
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76134DOI: 10.1007/s10841-012-9465-4ISI: 000301588900014OAI: diva2:526124
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