A new species of Oeneis from Alaska, United States, with notes on the Oeneis
complex (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae)

Andrew D. Warren(1), Shinichi Nakahara(1), Vladimir A. Lukhtanov(2,3), Kathryn M. Daly(4), Clifford D. Ferris (5), Nick V. Grishin(6), Martin Cesanek(7) and Jonathan P. Pelham(8)
1 McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, 3215 Hull Rd., UF Cultural Plaza, PO Box 112710, Gainesville, Florida, 32611-2710 USA
2 Department of Karyosystematics, Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya nab. 1, 199034 St. Petersburg, Russia
3 Department of Entomology, St. Petersburg State University, Universitetskaya nab 7 9, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia
4 Department of Entomology, University of Alaska Museum, 907 Yukon Dr., Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6960 USA
5 5405 Bill Nye Ave., R.R. 3, Laramie, WY 82070 USA; Research Associate, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
6 Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Departments of Biophysics and Biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical
Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75390-9050 USA
7 Bodrocká 30, 821 07 Bratislava, Slovakia
8 Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Box 353010, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195-3010 USA
hesperioidea@yahoo.com, snakahara@ufl.edu, lukhtanov@mail.ru, kmdaly@alaska.edu, cdferris@uwyo.edu, grishin@chop.swmed.edu, martin.cesanek@gmail.com, zapjammer@comcast.net

The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera

Volume 49: 1-20

ISSN 0022-4324 (print)
ISSN 2156-5457 (online)

Abstract. Oeneis tanana A. Warren & Nakahara is described from the Tanana River Basin in southeastern Alaska, USA. This new taxon belongs to the bore group of Oeneis Hübner, [1819] and is apparently closest to O. chryxus (E. Doubleday, [1849]) by morphology, including its larger size and similarity of the female genitalia. In wing patterns and COI mitochondrial DNA barcode sequences, it is reminiscent of O. bore (Esper, 1789). A review of O. chryxus subspecies suggest that some may
be better treated as species-level taxa. Evolutionary scenarios within the chryxus complex of taxa are discussed. While we hypothesize that O. tanana is best considered a species-level taxon, we have not identified any single character that unambiguously separates it from O. chryxus. Further study is needed to elucidate the species- or subspecies-level status of O. tanana, and to determine if it may have evolved through hybridization between O. chryxus and O. bore.

Key words: Beringia, butterflies, cryptic species, hybrid species, Nearctic, speciation, taxonomy, Yukon Territory.

Received: 21 December 2015
Accepted: 18 January 2016

Published online at www.lepidopteraresearchfoundation.org on 15 March 2016

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