Androsace komovensis sp. nov., a long mistaken local endemic from the southern Balkan Peninsula with biogeographic links to the Eastern Alps

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Abstract:

In the course of molecular phylogeographical investigations in Androsace sect. Aretia a previously unrecognised entity from Crna Gora/Montenegro was identified as a genetically and morphologically clearly separated lineage and is described here as a new species, Androsace komovensis Schönswetter & Schneew. It is restricted to a single high-alpine rock-cliff in the Komovi mountain range in Montenegro. The new species morphologically resembles A. mathildae Levier from the Abruzzo mountains (Italy), but differs in the persistent, dense and regular indumentum of the leaf margin. Molecular phylogenetic data indicate that A. komovensis Schönswetter & Schneew. is not closely related to A. mathildae Levier, but instead is sister species to the Eastern Alpine endemic A. hausmanni Leyb.

Keywords: ANDROSACE KOMOVENSIS; CRNA GORA/MONTENEGRO; PRIMULACEAE; SPECIES NOVA

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biogeography and Botanical Garden, University of Vienna, 1030 Vienna, Austria;, Email: peter.schoenswetter@univie.ac.at 2: Department of Biogeography and Botanical Garden, University of Vienna, 1030 Vienna, Austria

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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