Blue butterfly has same number of chromosomes as you do

Main report: New butterfly species discovered in Russia with an unusual set of 46 chromosomes
(Pensoft Blog)
Other Reporting: SciTech Daily,
Scientific Paper: Comparative Cytogenetics    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Polyommatus australorossicus
Common Name: South-Russian blue
Species named for: australorossicus from the Latin words “australis” (south) and “rossicus” (Russian)
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What looked like a population of a common butterfly species turned out to be a whole new organism, and, moreover – one with a very peculiar genome organisation.  It was found flying over the northern slopes of the Caucasus mountains in southern Russia.

Polyommatus aserbeidschanus. ( P. australorossicus sp. nov. previously identified as population of P aserbeidschanus).

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