Morphological and genetic diversity of two individual forms of Euphaedra eberti (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae)

African Invertebrates. 2019;60(2):195-213 DOI 10.3897/AfrInvertebr.60.35262


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Journal Title: African Invertebrates

ISSN: 1681-5556 (Print); 2305-2562 (Online)

Publisher: Pensoft Publishers

Society/Institution: Council of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum

LCC Subject Category: Science: Biology (General): Ecology | Science: Natural history (General): General. Including nature conservation, geographical distribution

Country of publisher: South Africa

Language of fulltext: English

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Milan Zúbrik (National Forest Centre)

Sandrine Picq (Natural Resources Canada)

Philippe Oremans (Unaffiliated)

Audrey Nisole (Natural Resources Canada)

Sophie Tremblay (Natural Resources Canada)

Michel Cusson (Natural Resources Canada)

Ľubomír Panigaj (Pavol Jozef Šafárik University)

Barbora Mikitová (Pavol Jozef Šafárik University)

Maurizio Bollino (Museo di Storia Naturale del Salento)


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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.