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      New records of six moth (Lepidoptera: Erebidae, Lasiocampidae) species in south African countries, with comments on their distribution

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          Background

          Southern Africa hosts a high diversity of ecosystems and habitats with a tremendous diversity of Lepidoptera . Although it is one of the most studied parts of the Afrotropics, the knowledge on diversity and distribution of south African moth fauna remains insufficient. To partly fill this gap, we surveyed macromoths by automatic light traps in five localities in two relatively less sampled south African countries.

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          We reported six species and one genus ( Remigioides ) of moths which had not yet been recorded in Namibia or Zimbabwe. Although none of these records broadened the known distribution of individual species to a new biogeographical region, they still fill important gaps in their distributions. The known distributional ranges of two species have been substantially extended, although they are still within the same biogeographical regions: ca. 800 km southwards for Remigioides remigina (Mabille, 1884) and ca. 600 km westwards for Haplopacha cinerea Aurivillius, 1905.

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              The partitioning of Africa: statistically defined biogeographical regions in sub-Saharan Africa

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                Journal
                Biodivers Data J
                Biodivers Data J
                1
                urn:lsid:arphahub.com:pub:F9B2E808-C883-5F47-B276-6D62129E4FF4
                urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:245B00E9-BFE5-4B4F-B76E-15C30BA74C02
                Biodiversity Data Journal
                Pensoft Publishers
                1314-2836
                1314-2828
                2020
                25 November 2020
                : 8
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences, Branišovská 31, 37005, České Budějovice, Czech Republic Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences, Branišovská 31, 37005 České Budějovice Czech Republic
                [2 ] Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Branišovská 1760, 37005, České Budějovice, Czech Republic Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Branišovská 1760, 37005 České Budějovice Czech Republic
                [3 ] Department of Ecology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Vinična 7, 12844, Prague, Czech Republic Department of Ecology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Vinična 7, 12844 Prague Czech Republic
                [4 ] Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, 9 Circuit Dr., NC 27710, Durham, United States of America Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, 9 Circuit Dr., NC 27710 Durham United States of America
                Author notes
                Corresponding authors: Sylvain Delabye ( sylvain.delabye@ 123456gmail.com ), Robert Tropek ( robert.tropek@ 123456gmail.com ).

                Academic editor: Shinichi Nakahara

                Article
                59339 14886
                10.3897/BDJ.8.e59339
                7710674
                Sylvain Delabye, Ondřej Sedláček, Vincent Maicher, Robert Tropek

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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                Figures: 8, Tables: 1, References: 17
                Categories
                Taxonomic Paper
                Lepidoptera
                Biodiversity & Conservation

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