Genetic variation in Neotropical butterflies is associated with sampling scale, species distributions, and historical forest dynamics

Natalí Attiná, Ezequiel Núñez Bustos, Darío A. Lijtmaer, Paul D. N. Hebert, Pablo L. Tubaro & Pablo D. Lavinia
Prior studies of butterfly diversification in the Neotropics have focused on Amazonia and the tropical Andes, while southern regions of the continent have received little attention. To address the gap in knowledge about the Lepidoptera of temperate South America, we analyzed over 3,000 specimens representing nearly 500 species from Argentina for a segment of the mitochondrial COI gene. Representing 42% of the country’s butterfly fauna, collections targeted species from the Atlantic and Andean forests, biodiversity...
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