[Taxacom] Biogeography of ghost moths in Europe

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Thu Jun 6 08:12:48 CDT 2019

Anyone interested in a copy of the following please let me know,

John Grehan

Grehan, J.R. & Knyazev, S. 2019. Potential influence of Mesozoic and
Cenozoic tectonics on the evolution of European Hepialidae (Lepidoptera)
Biogeographia – The Journal of Integrative Biogeography 34 (2019): 17–32

The distributions of genera and species of Hepialidae in Europe are
documented and mapped, along
with species distributions extending to eastern Asia. Patterns of species
allopatry in Korscheltellus,
Pharmacis, and Triodia are consistent with vicariance resulting from late
Cretaceous and early
Cenozoic tectonics along the Alpine-Mediterranean Mobile Belt. Widespread
northern and sympatric
distributions are interpreted as the result of range expansion at the end
of the Pleistocene. We suggest
that the origin of high elevation endemic species of Hepialidae,
particularly in the European Alps, is the
result of passive tectonic uplift. Pleistocene cooling and glaciation is
seen as responsible for extinction
of populations in northern Europe, but without discernible impact on
divergence. Absence of the
northern Eurasian Hepialidae further south is attributed to an original
Laurasian ancestral distribution
in the Mesozoic. Fossil-calibrated divergence estimates generate minimum
clade ages only, and current
estimates for some European Hepialidae probably considerably underestimate
their phylogenetic age.

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