Satyrinae of the Western Palearctic

Pseudochazara alpina (Staudinger, 1878)

Type locality: "Kurush im nordestlichen Caucasus...3000 m, the slopes, the Shahdagh" [Kurush, S. Daghestan]

Range: Teberda of the Greater Caucasus to Daghestan.

Habitat: Hillside and open scree or rocky outcrops and stony slopes at 1,500-3,100 m

Flight Period: July to August

Subspecies:

ssp. alpina (Staudinger, 1878) – slopes of Kurush in the Shahdagh;

ssp. guriensis (Staudinger, 1878) = tshetverikovi (Sheljuzhko, 1935); olga (Gerhard, 1882).- Akhaltsikhe, Georgia;

ssp. rjabovi (Sheljuzhko, 1935) – Untsukul - Chirkata pass, Dagestan at 1,800m;

Note: P. alpina guriensis has been considered to be a distinct species by many authors, however scientific evidence shows that the underside of P. alpina ssp. varies according to the kind of habitat in which the subspecies flies.  P. alpina alpina flies in habitats which have dark rocks such as on the northern slopes of Mount Elbrus, hence the dark underside whereas P. alpina guriensis flies in xerophytic habitats.  P. alpina rjabovi flies in sandstone habitats such as at the Salatau ridge in Dagestan, hence the lighter colored underside.  This same behavior has been adapted by P. graeca and P. schahrudensis.

Pseudochazara alpina alpina

ssp. alpina

Pseudochazara alpina guriensis

ssp. guriensis

Pseudochazara alpina rjabovi

ssp. rjabovi

 
Pseudochazara alpina alpina

ssp. alpina

Pseudochazara alpina guriensis

ssp. guriensis

Pseudochazara alpina rjabovi

ssp. rjabovi

 
 
Pseudochazara alpina

Pseudochazara alpina alpina habitat - photo copyright © Valentin Tikhonov

12.08.2010, Dagestan, Kurakh gorge near the village Shimihyurt, 2500 m above sea level. m, slate scree.

Pseudochazara alpina

Pseudochazara alpina alpina habitat - photo copyright © Valentin Tikhonov

05/08/2009, Dagestan, basin. Karakoysu, p. Tlyseruh, 1800 m above sea level. m Shale scree.

Pseudochazara alpina

Pseudochazara alpina rjabovi habitat - photo copyright © Valentin Tikhonov

04/07/2010, Dagestan, the ridge Salatau.

Pseudochazara alpina

Pseudochazara alpina rjabovi habitat - photo copyright © Valentin Tikhonov

13/08/2012, North Caucasus, North Ossetia, Skalisty ridge, Kariu-hokh.

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