Reduced host-plant specialization is associated with the rapid range expansion of a Mediterranean butterfly

Anika Neu, Stefan Lötters, Linda Nörenberg, Martin Wiemers & Klaus Fischer
Aim: Species ranges are highly dynamic, shifting in space and time as a result of complex ecological and evolutionary processes. Disentangling the relative contribution of both processes is challenging but of primary importance for forecasting species distributions under climate change. Here, we use the spectacular range expansion (ca. 1,000 km poleward shift within 10 years) of the butterfly Pieris mannii to unravel the factors underlying range dynamics, specifically the role of (i) niche evolution (changes...
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