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Title: Preliminary assessment of biogeographic affinities of selected insect taxa of the state of Sonora, Mexico

Author: Jones, Robert W.; Obregon-Zuniga, Alejandro; Guzman-Rodriguez, Sandra;

Date: 2013

Source: In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Collins, Loa C. Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III and 7th Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwestern Deserts; 2012 May 1-5; Tucson, AZ. Proceedings. RMRS-P-67. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 133-137.

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Description: The biogeographic affinites of butterflies (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea and Hesperidae), damsel and dragonflies (Odonata), and ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) reported from the State of Sonora, Mexico were analyzed using published species lists. The combined distribution of these taxa was proportionally greater (47.4%) for those species within the Mega-Mexico3 biogeographic category (Southwestern United States south to northern Central America). Formicidae was the most highly restricted taxon with greater proportions of Sonoran desert endemics. Butterflies had a greater proportion of tropical species (82.8%), whereas dragonflies and damselflies from Sonora were most widely distributed either north or south of Mega-Mexico. Differences in the biogeographic affinities of the three insect taxa are attributed to specificity of immature host plants and the distribution and persistence of species habitats.

Keywords: Madrean Archipelago, Sky Islands, southwestern United States, northern Mexico, natural environment, fauna, flora, research, management, biodiversity, climate change

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Jones, Robert W.; Obregon-Zuniga, Alejandro; Guzman-Rodriguez, Sandra. 2013. Preliminary assessment of biogeographic affinities of selected insect taxa of the state of Sonora, Mexico. In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Collins, Loa C. Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III and 7th Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwestern Deserts; 2012 May 1-5; Tucson, AZ. Proceedings. RMRS-P-67. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 133-137.

 


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