Prokuekenthaliella currently viewed as a subjective junior synonym, Afrossoria currently viewed as a subjective junior synonymNiklas Wahlberg and Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Species of the genus Issoria are distributed throughout the Palaearctic and in parts of Africa. For a long period of time, species belonging to the South American genus Yramea were thought to belong to Issoria as well, but recent phylogenetic work (Simonsen 2006a, Simonsen et al 2006) has shown that this is not so.
Species in the genus Issoria are found in three groups, the I. eugenia group, I. lathonia and the African I. smaragdifera group. Morphological studies (Simonsen 2006a, b) found that two of the African species (I. hanningtoni and I. baumanni) may not belong to Issoria. However, when molecular data were added to the analyses (Simonsen et al 2006), it was found that the African species (including I. smaragdifera) formed a clade within Issoria.
Simonsen, T. J. 2006a. The male genitalia segments in fritillary butterflies: Comparative morphology with special reference to the ’rectal plate’ in Issoria (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). European Journal of Entomology 103:425-432.
Simonsen, T. J. 2006b. Fritillary phylogeny, classification and larval hostplants: reconstructed mainly on the basis of male and female genitalic morphology (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Argynnini). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 89: 627-673.
Simonsen, T. J., N. Wahlberg, A. V. Z. Brower, and R. de Jong. 2006. Morphology, molecules and Fritillaries: approaching a stable phylogeny for Argynnini (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Insect Systematics & Evolution 37: 405-418.
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Wahlberg, Niklas and Andrew V. Z. Brower. 2006. Issoria currently viewed as a subjective junior synonym, Afrossoria currently viewed as a subjective junior synonym. Version 04 October 2006 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Issoria/70412/2006.10.04 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/. Prokuekenthaliella