A taxonomic study of six species of the genus Junonia Hübner, [1819] (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) from the northwestern Himalayan region in India

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Deepika Mehra
Jagbir Singh Kirti
Avtar Kaur Sidhu


Characters of external genitalia are considered as one of the important criteria to understand the taxonomy of insects.  In the present study, various taxonomic characters of the male and female external genitalia and wing venation of six species under the genus Junonia Hübner viz., orythia (Linnaeus, 1758), iphita (Cramer, [1779]), almana (Linnaeus, 1758), lemonias (Linnaeus, 1758), hierta (Fabricius, 1798), atlites (Linnaeus, 1763), have been described and illustrated in detail.  Besides, brief diagnoses and identification keys based on external genitalia, morphological variations and taxonomic remarks have been given for all taxa.  


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Deepika Mehra, Punjabi University, Patiala

Department of Zoology and Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala. 

PhD scholar (SRF)

Jagbir Singh Kirti, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab

Professor and Former Head

Department of Zoology and Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala

Avtar Kaur Sidhu, Z.S.I. Solan, Himachal Pradesh

Officer Incharge

Zoological Survey of India (Z.S.I), High Altitude Regional Centre (HARC), Saproon, Solan (H.P.).


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