DNA barcoding of butterflies from Austria
With over 200 species of butterflies, Austria is one of the most diverse regions in Europe. However, while species diversity has been studied over two centuries, genetic diversity is still largely unknown. Genetic diversity, on the other hand, is a prerequisite for adapting strategies of species to new challenges, such as climate warming. The co-operation project aims to barcode as many species as possible, including extinct species. Even with this seemingly well-researched group, first molecular data give some evidence to cryptic diversity in the heart of Europe.
Mag. Dr. Peter Huemer (Project Management)
Benjamin Wiesmair, MA, BSc
Natural History Collections, Tyrolean Landesmuseen
The project is supported by Blühendes Österreich – REWE International non-profit private foundation (www.bluehendesoesterreich.at)