Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Lepidoptera Nymphalidae

Scientific Name: Pseudochazara euxina
Species Authority: (Kuznetsov, 1909)
Satyrus euxina Kusnetsov, 1909

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-01-29
Assessor(s): van Swaay, C., Wynhoff, I., Verovnik, R., Wiemers, M., López Munguira, M., Maes, D., Sasic, M., Verstrael, T., Warren, M. & Settele, J.
Reviewer(s): Lewis, O. (Butterfly RLA) & Cuttelod, A. (IUCN Red List Unit)
A very local and endemic species, restricted to fewer than five locations. The population is reported in decline (Van Swaay & Warren, 1999: 15-25% decline in 25 years). Therefore it is listed as Endangered. This species is absent from the EU state members and is therefore assessed as Not Evaluated at the EU27 level.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2000 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is restricted to the Crimea, Ukraine. The extent of occurrence (EOO) is smaller than 5,000 km². This is a European endemic species.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: A local species, restricted to (semi-) natural areas. Declines in distribution or population size of 6-30% have been reported (data provided by the national partners of Butterfly Conservation Europe).
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This butterfly occurs in Ukraine on the Crimean mountain steppes and in pine forest on a limestone mountain area covered by grassland. The foodplant is Stipa pennata. Habitats: alpine and subalpine grasslands (50%), inland cliffs and exposed rocks (50%).
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: All butterflies are collected to some extent, but only for the extremely rare species it can be a problem and the trade in Europe is generally at a low level compared to other continents. There is no specific trade information for this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Populations are reported to be threatened by tourist activities and fires.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More research is needed on the distribution and ecology of the species. Suitable habitats should be protected and appropriately managed. The effects of conservation actions should be monitored by a Butterfly Monitoring Scheme. In Ukraine the type-locality is under protection in the Ialta state reserve.

Citation: van Swaay, C., Wynhoff, I., Verovnik, R., Wiemers, M., López Munguira, M., Maes, D., Sasic, M., Verstrael, T., Warren, M. & Settele, J. 2010. Pseudochazara euxina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T39497A10235659. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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