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Dincă V, Székely L (2018) First record of Scopula orientalis (Alphéraky, 1876) (Lepidoptera, Geometridae) in Romania, at the northern limit of the Balkans. Nota Lepidopterologica 41(2): 189-197.

First record of Scopula orientalis (Alphéraky, 1876) (Lepidoptera, Geometridae) in Romania, at the northern limit of the Balkans

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Author: Dincă, Vlad1,2; Székely, Levente3
Organizations: 1Department of Ecology and Genetics, PO Box 3000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
2Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF), Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta 37, Barcelona, 08003, Spain
3Bd. George Moroianu, 297, Săcele, 505600, Jud. Brașov, Romania
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Language: English
Published: Pensoft Publishers, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-09-21


The geometrid moth Scopula orientalis (Alphéraky, 1876) has an apparently disjunct distribution in Europe, with local populations in the Balkans (Macedonia, Bulgaria and Albania where recently discovered), as well as in Ukraine and southern European Russia. In this study, based on morphological and mitochondrial DNA (cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 — COI) data, we report the presence of S. orientalis in south-eastern Romania (Dobrogea), at the northernmost limit of the Balkans. The flight time (September) of the recorded specimen, is the latest seasonal record for the Balkans, supporting the presence of at least a partial second generation. The Romanian specimen represented a unique COI haplotype which is differentiated by seven mutations from its genetically closest population in Sivas province, Turkey. The presence of S. orientalis in Romania reduces the distributional gap between the known Balkan and Ukrainian populations and highlights the potential for a more widespread distribution that needs documentation based on directed studies.

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Series: Nota lepidopterologica
ISSN: 0342-7536
ISSN-E: 2367-5365
ISSN-L: 0342-7536
Volume: 41
Issue: 2
Pages: 189 - 197
DOI: 10.3897/nl.41.24316
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Copyright information: © 2018 Vlad Dincă, Levente Székely. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.