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Coenonympha orientalis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA ARTHROPODA INSECTA LEPIDOPTERA NYMPHALIDAE

Scientific Name: Coenonympha orientalis
Species Authority: Rebel, 1910
Common Name/s:
English Balkan Heath

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2c 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)
Justification:
The species has a limited range in Europe. A strong decline is reported from Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is considered as Vulnerable at the European level. The situation in Greece (EU27 country) is unclear, therefore it is listed as Data Deficient in the EU27.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The Balkan Heath is restricted to a small area of the Balkans, between 800-2,000 m elevation. This is a European endemic species.
Countries:
Native:
Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Greece (Greece (mainland)); Montenegro; Serbia (Serbia)
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Population [top]

Population: A local species, restricted to (semi-) natural areas. Strong declines in distribution or population size of more than 30% have been reported from Bosnia and Herzegovina (data provided by the national partners of Butterfly Conservation Europe).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is local in grassy woodland clearings. Detailed habitat descriptions are not available.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species has a limited global range and only occurs in a few countries in the Balkan. The ecology and habitat requirements are largely unknown. This butterfly is probably threatened by abandonment.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More research on distribution and ecology is needed. Important habitats should be protected and managed. The effects of conservation actions should be monitored by a Butterfly Monitoring Scheme.

Bibliography [top]

Boillat, H. 1990. Coenonympha (superspecies gardetta) orientalis Rebel - Mise au point taxonomique (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae, Satyrinae). Alexanor 16(7): 395-412.

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.1). Available at: www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 10 March 2010).

Citation: van Swaay, C., Wynhoff, I., Verovnik, R., Wiemers, M., López Munguira, M., Maes, D., Sasic, M., Verstrael, T., Warren, M. & Settele, J. 2010. Coenonympha orientalis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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