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Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
Metamorphosis Volume 33 (2022), Articles: 48 - 63
Publication Date : 2022-06-10
Author/s : William R. C. Miles, Lauren E. Morgan, Lydia R. J. Mulvaney & Alvaro A. Vetina

Title :

A contribution to the knowledge of the butterfly fauna of Maputo Special Reserve, Mozambique from African Natural History Research Trust expeditions (Papilionoidea)

Abstract :

This article provides a checklist for the butterfly species of the Maputo Special Reserve (MSR) in the south of Mozambique, recorded during three expeditions organised by the African Natural History Research Trust (ANHRT), in collaboration with the Museu de História Natural, Maputo, between 2016 and 2018. A total of 163 species in 86 genera are recorded from the reserve with two new country records for Mozambique: Deloneura millari millari Trimen, 1906 and Iolaus lulua (Riley, 1944), both Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany hotspot endemics. A brief note is also included for a short reconnaissance expedition in 2018 to the north of Mozambique which yielded two further new records, Acraea nohara halali Marshall, 1896 and Gretna carmen capra Evans, 1937. The possible factors governing butterfly distribution in the MSR, including seasonality, choice of study site and habitat are discussed in further detail.  Photographs of habitus, genitalia and habitat are provided to corroborate findings and suggestions for future work included.

Resumo: Este artigo fornece uma lista de espécies de borboletas da Reserva Especial de Maputo, no sul de Moçambique, registadas durante três expedições organizadas pelo African Natural History Research Trust, em colaboração com o Museu de História Natural, Maputo, entre 2016 e 2018. Um total de 163 espécies, em 86 géneros foram registadas na reserva com dois novos registos nacionais para Moçambique: Deloneura millari millari Trimen, 1906 e Iolaus lulua (Riley, 1944), ambas são endémicas do hotspots de Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany. Esta incluida tambem uma breve nota de uma curta expedição de reconhecimento em 2018, ao norte de Moçambique que rendeu mais dois novos registros, Acraea nohara halali Marshall, 1896 e Gretna carmen capra Evans, 1937. Os possíveis fatores que padronizam a distribuição de borboletas na MSR, incluindo sazonalidade, escolha do local de estudo e habitat são discutidos em mais detalhes. Fotografias de habitus, genitália e habitat são fornecidas para corroborar as descobertas e sugestões para trabalhos futuros incluídos.

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Keywords:

Afrotropics, butterflies, Rhopalocera, new records, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany hotspot, faunistics, checklist, ANHRT

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