The synonymy between Pachypasa otus (Drury, 1777) and P. otus fulvescens Kotzsch, 1932 is supported by the lack of any stable morphologic characters and average distance of 0.3% in the cytochrome C oxidase (COI) gene between the Balkan (n = 4) and the Levantine (n = 2) populations. The Iranian population is described as a new species, Pachypasa hausmanni sp. n., based on morphologic difference, geographic isolation, and an average genetic distance of 6.1%.
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We’re grateful to owners and curators of the following entomological collections: Jörg Meinecke (CJM/SMNK), Eteri Didmanidze (GNMT), Harald Sulak-Widenauer and †Thomas Witt (MWM), Erik van Nieukerken and Rob de Vos (NBCL), Axel Hoffmann (SMNK), Hossein Rajaei (SNHM), Ulf Buchsbaum and Axel Hausmann (ZSM). We thank Peter Huemer (TLM) and Christian Wieser (KLM) for the permission to use the COI sequence of P. otus from Greece (PHLAJ071-13). We’re much obliged to Amy Junnila for a careful check of the manuscript. Part of the presented work was done by Alexey Prozorov with the financial support of Thomas-Witt-Stiftung.
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- Lappet moth
- Western asia.
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- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Animal Science and Zoology
- Plant Science
- Insect Science