Are we witnessing speciation? A case study of the species Sirthenea flavipes (Stål, 1855) (Heteroptera: Reduviidae)

  title={Are we witnessing speciation? A case study of the species Sirthenea flavipes (St{\aa}l, 1855) (Heteroptera: Reduviidae)},
  author={Dominik Chłond and Agnieszka Bugaj‐Nawrocka and Natalia Sawka‐Gądek},
  journal={Austral Entomology},
  pages={110 - 96}
During our previous morphological and molecular studies, as well as modelling the environmental niche preferences of the genus Sirthenea Spinola, (Peiratinae), the distribution of the species S. flavipes (Stål, ) became one of the most interesting issues. This species has a very broad distribution range covering the southern part of western, central and eastern Asia. We observed two distinct types of colouration, each also exhibiting a certain degree of variability. Although both colour forms… 

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