New subspecies of the rarest Palaearctic butterfly found in the Arctic Circle of Yakutia

New subspecies of the rarest Palaearctic butterfly found in the Arctic Circle of Yakutia
The newly described subspecies of the Arctic Apolloa, named Parnassius arcticus arbugaevi. Credit: Dr Roman V. Yakovlev

An isolated population of the rarest Palaearctic butterfly species: the Arctic Apollo (Parnassius arcticus), turned out to be a new to science subspecies with distinct looks as well as DNA. Named Parnassius arcticus arbugaevi, the butterfly is described in a recent paper, published in the peer-reviewed, open-access scientific journal Acta Biologica Sibirica.


“Thanks to the field studies of our colleague and friend Yuri Bakhaev, we obtained unique butterfly specimens from the Momsky Range in North-Eastern Yakutia. This mountain range, which is about 500 km long, has until now been a real ‘blank spot’ in terms of biodiversity research,” explains the lead author of the study, Dr. Roman Yakovlev, affiliated with Tomsk State University and Altai State University.

“With the kind permission of Mikhail Ivanov, Director of the Momsky National Park,

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