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A genetic dimension to European butterfly diversity and conservation

AuthorsVila, Roger
Issue DateMar-2016
CitationInternational Symposium Future 4 butterflies in Europe (2016)
AbstractOur work as biologists, as well as our passion as lepidopterists, means describing biodiversity at all levels, understanding how it is generated and maintained, and, of course, finding ways to protect it. Technical advances, especially recent molecular tec hniques, are unfolding a previously invisible layer of complexity: genetically differentiated lineages, evolutionary significant units, and even cryptic species. This new viewpoint brings a wealth of knowledge, but also poses new challenges and questions. How to methodologically approach the enormous descriptive task at fine phylogeographic scale? How much should we invest in the quest for cryptic diversity? Does recognising cryptic diversity represent a rather meaningless burden for monitoring and conservation, or does it have fundamental implications for biogeography, ecology and the preservation of existing biodiversity? How to integrate phylogeographic knowledge with conservation prioritization? Even if butterflies are an exceptionally well-studied group of invertebrates, a good number of cryptic species are still being discovered or confirmed. But most importantly, novel data give us some clues to answer the previous questions.
DescriptionTrabajo presentado en el International Symposium Future 4 butterflies in Europe, Dutch Butterfly Conservation (De Vlinderstichting), celebrado en Wageningen del 31 de marzo al 2 de abril de 2016.
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