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Contemporary Problems of Ecology

2017 year, number 5

Morphological Variation of Melanargia russiae (Esper, 1783) (Lepidoptera, Satyridae) from the Main Part of the Range and in Case of its Expantion to the North under Climate Conditions

Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology of the Ural Division of RAS, 620144, Ekaterinburg, 8 Marta str., 202
Keywords: расширение ареала, изменение климата, изменчивость, форма крыльев, глазчатые пятна, Урал, Melanаrgia russiae, range expansion, climate change, morphological variation, wing shape, eyespots, the Urals, Melanargia russiae


A climate-related shift in the range boundaries of the western central asian subboreal species Melanargia russiae in the Urals region from the northern forest-steppe zone to the pine-birch forests was found. Morphological variation of M. russiae wings from the marginal northern populations and populations from the main part of the range in the Urals was studied. The results of the morphological traits (size, wing shape, wing pattern eyespots) complex analysis confirm the hypothesis of the local population formation in the south of the Sverdlovsk region and contradict the hypothesis of the migratory origin of M. russiae imago.