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Published: 2018-01-10

Isoperla vjosae sp. n., a new species of the Isoperla tripartita group from Albania (Plecoptera: Perlodidae)

Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecology Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Gregor Mendel Strasse 33, A-1180 Vienna, Austria.
Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Plecoptera large river stonefly conservation adult larva morphology molecular species delimitation

Abstract

In this contribution, we describe Isoperla vjosae sp. nov. from Albania. We characterize males, females, and larvae of the new species collected at the Vjosa River using morphological and molecular approaches. Isoperla vjosae sp.nov. is a member of the I. tripartita group, which is widely distributed in the Balkans. This new endemic species is being threatened by a proposed hydroelectric power dam on the Vjosa River impacting the type locality – a large, shifting gravel, low altitude River – an atypical habitat for larvae of the I. tripartita group. For the first time we use molecular tools to delineate Isoperla species from the Balkans.

 

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How to Cite

GRAF, W., PAULS, S. U., & VITECEK, S. (2018). <em>Isoperla vjosae</em> sp. n., a new species of the <em>Isoperla</em> <em>tripartita</em> group from Albania (Plecoptera: Perlodidae). Zootaxa, 4370(2), 171–179. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4370.2.5