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The enigmatic case of the genus Argyresthia in the Azores Islands (Lepidoptera: Argyresthiidae)

Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, University of Valencia, Calle Catedrático José Beltrán, 2, 46980–Valencia, Spain;
Zoological Museum, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Universitetsparken 15, DK–2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark;
Zoological Museum, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Universitetsparken 15, DK–2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark;
Lepidoptera Argyresthia atlanticella Argyresthia brumella Macaronesia systematics wing pattern polymorphism intraspecific genetic variation endemism new species


The species composition of the genus Argyresthia Hübner, 1825 in the Azores is examined. Argyresthia brumella, sp. nov., is described and illustrated from Terceira and Flores Islands. Argyresthia minusculella Rebel, 1940, syn. nov. and Tinea poecilella Rebel, 1940, syn. nov. are synonymized with Argyresthia atlanticella Rebel, 1940. The high variability of A. atlanticella is revealed through the polymorphic wing pattern and the intraspecific genetic divergence of the DNA barcode COI in the specimens examined.



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