Special Issue "Biogeography and Diversity of Butterflies and Moths"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 238

Special Issue Editors

Institute of International Rivers and Eco-Security, Yunnan University, Kunming 650500, China
Interests: biodiversity distribution; biogeography; phylogeography; lineage geography and taxonomy of butterflies and moths
Laboratoire Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement, UMR 5245 (CNRS-UPS-INPT) Batiment IVR1/Université Paul Sabatier, 118 Route de Narbonne, CEDEX 9, F-31062 Toulouse, France
Interests: molecular evolution; dynamic of communities and populations; plant–insect interactions; ecology; tools: mitochondrial DNA; ISSR; cuticular hydrocarbons; field ecology; model organisms: lepidoptera; diptera; spiders
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Lepidopterous insects, commonly known as butterflies and moths, are of great ecological importance and conservation values. The pollination service they offer is only second to Hymenoptera insects such as bees and wasps, which provide us with a fruitful and colourful world. Unfortunately, the conservation status of butterflies and moths is still far from satisfactory globally. Despite of decades of efforts putting together by national legislation, establishment of protected areas, CITES regulation, as well as IUCN assessments, only a very limited number of butterflies and moths are currently effectively protected. Many other taxa, especially those with narrow distribution ranges, are still on the brink of extirpation or extinction.

Although being a group of enchanting insects with a long history of taxonomy and regional species survey, the biogeography and spatial pattern of diversity, especially those involving large-scale research, are still very limited. The spatial distribution of diversity and biogeography, on both species and genetic levels, are crucial in understanding the species’ historical and present status, thus can empower the effectiveness of future conservation planning and strategies. More research is needed on these insects, including their regional species assemblage, spatial diversity distribution pattern, biogeography and phylogeography, population dynamics under anthropogenic disturbances and climate change, etc.

This Special Issue is an excellent opportunity to combine and synthesise recent research on the diversity and biogeography of butterflies and moths. The team at Diversity kindly invites you to submit a manuscript focused on any of the above topics, except for research on Lepidoptera insects that are harmful to agriculture. Although small-scaled case studies (including species inventory) with broad implications are welcome, we encourage authors to submit large-scale and/or multi-specific studies, synthesis works, and reviews that could better enlarge our knowledge on the diversity, biogeography, and conservation of butterflies and moths globally. If you are interested in this opportunity or have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dr. Shao-Ji Hu
Prof. Dr. Luc Legal
Guest Editors

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  • Lepidoptera
  • species richness
  • phylogeography
  • diversity conservation
  • spatial distribution

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