Mellicta alatauica (Staudinger, 1881) (= Melitaea alatauica).
A narrow endemic species confined to the Dzhungarian Alatau Mountain chain, being a rather isolated NE extreme of the Tien Shan Mts. and bearing a flora and fauna in many respects transitory between the Siberian and Central Asian ones. This species is most allied to M. aurelia and exhibits sexual dimorphism rather a great for the genus.
Range: The Dzhungarian Alatau Mts.; an endemic.
ssp.: alatauica (Staudinger, 1881); monotypical.
a female, wings open.
A meadow in the middle valley of the Kora River, 23 km NE of the Tekeli City (1700 m above sea level), the North Dzhungarskiy Alatau mountain chain (NE part of Tien Shan), the Taldy-Kurgan Province, SE Kazakhstan. 13th June 1993. Oleg Kosterin.