A new hidden species of the Cymothoe caenis-complex (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) from western Africa

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Abstract

Butterflies of the Afrotropical genus Cymothoe are characterised by sexual dimorphism. Females of the most common species of the genus, Cymothoe caenis Drury, occur in many different forms in the equatorial zone, while only a single form is present west of the Niger Delta in Nigeria, raising the question as to whether the two populations need taxonomic recognition. We present molecular and genitalic evidence that the western populations of C. caenis s.l. comprise a distinct species: Cymothoe druryi sp. nov.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-63
JournalZootaxa
Volume2197
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • dna barcodes
  • rain-forest
  • butterflies

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