Erebia sudetica is a satyrine butterfly endemic to the mountains of Central and Eastern Europe. It has a highly patchy distribution at high elevations in the Massif Central (South-central France), the French and Swiss Alps, the Sudety Mountains of Poland and the Czech Republic, and the Carpathians of Romania (Kudrna 2002). The butterflies are found in alpine and subalpine meadows where the caterpillars feed on grasses (Sonderegger 1996, 2005). Several subspecies are recognized, and a series of studies have investigated the population genetics and ecology of this species (Cupedo 1996, Cuvelier & Dincă 2007, Habel et al. 2010, Haubrich & Schmitt 2007, Konvička et al. 2010, Kuras et al. 2001a,b, 2003, Schmitt 2009). Erebia sudetica was listed in Appendix II of the Bern Convention (Council of Europe 1979). Most populations are threatened due to changes in land use (Lepidopterologen-Arbeitsgruppe 1987, Sonderegger 1996, van Swaay et al. 2012, Wermeille et al. 2007).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Erebia sudetica
Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Erebia sudetica
Public Records: 11
Specimens with Barcodes: 11
Species With Barcodes: 1
IUCN Red List Assessment
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Red List Criteria
- 2000Vulnerable (VU)
- 1996Not Evaluated (NE)
- 1994Vulnerable (V)
- 1990Vulnerable (V)
- 1988Vulnerable (V)
- 1986Vulnerable (V)
The Sudeten ringlet (Erebia sudetica) is a species of butterfly in the Nymphalidae family. It is found in Czech republic, Poland, Romania, France, and Switzerland. Its natural habitat is temperate grassland. It is threatened by habitat loss.
The larvae feed on various grasses. Of these, Anthoxanthum odoratum is probably the most important foodplant, but other grasses, such as Poa annua, are also used. There is one generation per year. The species passes the winter in the larval stage.
- C. Van Swaay et al. (2012). "Dos and Don'ts for butterflies of the Habitats Directive of the European Union". Nature Conservation 1: 73. doi:10.3897/natureconservation.1.2786.
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