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Morphological and genetic diversity of two individual forms of Euphaedra eberti (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae). 2019. Zúbrik, M.; Picq, S.; Oremans, P.; Nisole, A.; Tremblay, S.; Cusson, M.; Panigaj, L.; Mikitová, B.; Bollino, M. African Invertebrates 60(2): 195-213.

Year: 2019

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39896

Language: English

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DOI: 10.3897/AfrInvertebr.60.35262

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Abstract

A total of 385 Euphaedra eberti Aurivillius, 1898, adults collected between 2012 and 2018 in the vicinity of Bangui, Central African Republic, were examined for intraspecific morphological variability, genetic diversity and genitalia structure. The species shows significant wing pattern variability. Two main morphotypes were identified in the set: the nominate form eberti, and the one comprising specimens with a red patch, form rubromaculata. However, both forms had similar genitalic structures and shared some specific wing marks, in addition to displaying the same COI (i.e., barcode region of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I gene) haplotype, strongly suggesting that the two morphologically distinct forms belong to the same species, E. eberti. The causes of this variability remain unclear.