The Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) fauna of the woody savannah belt in Mali, West Africa

Alexander N. Poltavsky, Vasiliy D. Kravchenko, Mohammed M. Traore, Sekou F. Traore, Petrányi Gergely, Thomas J. Witt, Harry Sulak, Robert H.T. Beck, Amy Junnila, Edita E. Revay, Seydou Doumbia, John C. Beier, Gunter C. Muller

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Seventy-nine taxa of Pyraloidea were collected in 2014 with light traps in the woody savannah zone south of Bamako, Mali. Three taxa out of 79 were identified to genus level only. 78 of the 79 species are new records for Mali, 17 are new for West Africa. Most species (54) belong to the subfamily Spilomelinae (family Crambidae). The majority of observed species have wide distribution areas. The only regional endemic is Hypsopygia bamakoensis (Leraut, 2006). Concerning the biogeographical categories most of the species (34) are Afrotropical, seven species cosmopolitan, and the remaining species occur in the Palaearctics with a preference to the Palaeotropics. The most common species, Patania balteata (Fabricius, 1798) comprised 40.0% of all specimens collected. It is known to be a pest of the mango tree, which is common in the light-trapping area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-69
Number of pages31
Issue number1
StatePublished - 7 Aug 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors wish to thank colleagues who have helped with the determination of some pyraloid species: Dr. Richard Mally (University Museum of Bergen), Dr. Roy Goff (Wildlife and Conservation Trust, Gambia), Dr. Bernard Landry (Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève). We are grateful to Bamako University, which allowed us to use their field station near Ouronina, the village council that approved our activities, and the citizens of the surrounding villages that kindly tolerated our activities on their land. This study was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01AI100968. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors, and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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Copyright © 2018 Magnolia Press


  • Afrotropics
  • Biogeography
  • Crambidae
  • Distribution
  • Faunistics
  • Host plants
  • Pest species
  • Pyralidae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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