Melitaea latonigena Eversmann, 1847.

An example where difference in chromosome number was used as a prove of species rank of this taxon, which in Altai Mts. fly on intermediate altitudes whereas the most close species Melitaea didyma (Esper, 1779) flies on low altitides on the Altai piedmonts (Lukhtanov, Kuznetsova, 1989).

Range: The mountains of South Siberia and Mongolia, East Siberia north-east to the Nera River basin.

ssp.: altaica Grum-Grshimailo, 1893 - the Altai Mts.

probably a male and female, wing closed; on Veronica porphyriana

A larch parkland between the Chikty and Akbul Rivulets, 2000 m above sea level, the southern principle slope of the Yuzhno-Chuiskii mountain range, the upper Dzhazator River basin, Kosh-Agach District, Altai Republic, West SIberia, Russia. 15th July 1998. O. Kosterin.

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