The pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) fauna in the Liberian Nimba Mountains, West Africa, at the end of the dry season

Alexander N. Poltavsky*, Szabolcs Sáfián, Gábor Simonics, Vasiliy D. Kravchenko, Günter C. Müller

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Abstract

During a moth diversity survey, 106 species of Pyraloidea were collected in March and April 2017 in the Nimba Mountains (East Nimba Nature Reserve and Mount Gangra) in Liberia. In total, 86 species were identified and for another ten species identification was provided to the genus level only. Seventy six of the 86 species are new records for Liberia. The majority of species (54) are purely Afrotropical, nine species are cosmopolitan, while the remaining species are Pa-laeotropic in their distribution pattern. It is estimated that the present research endeavour reflects no more than 30 % of pyraloid diversity in the region and future collecting efforts may increase the species list three-fold.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-40
Number of pages30
JournalIsrael Journal of Entomology
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Afrotropical
  • Biodiversity
  • Biogeogra-phy
  • Checklist
  • Liberia
  • Moths
  • Protected areas
  • Pyraloidea

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