Exploring species diversity and host plant associations of leaf-mining micromoths (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) in the Russian Far East using DNA barcoding.

@article{Kirichenko2019ExploringSD,
  title={Exploring species diversity and host plant associations of leaf-mining micromoths (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) in the Russian Far East using DNA barcoding.},
  author={N. Kirichenko and P. Triberti and E. Akulov and M. Ponomarenko and S. Gorokhova and V. Sheiko and I. Ohshima and C. Lopez-Vaamonde},
  journal={Zootaxa},
  year={2019},
  volume={4652 1},
  pages={
          zootaxa.4652.1.1
        }
}
The Russian Far East (RFE) is an important hotspot of biodiversity whose insect fauna remains understudied, particularly its Microlepidoptera. Here we explore the diversity of leaf-mining micromoths of the family Gracillariidae, their distribution and host plant associations in RFE using a combination of field observations and sampling, DNA barcoding, morphological analysis and literature review.                We collected 91 gracillariid specimens (45 larvae, 9 pupae and 37 adults) in 12… Expand