AmathusiiniNiklas Wahlberg and Andrew V. Z. Brower
This tree diagram shows the relationships between several groups of organisms.
The root of the current tree connects the organisms featured in this tree to their containing group and the rest of the Tree of Life. The basal branching point in the tree represents the ancestor of the other groups in the tree. This ancestor diversified over time into several descendent subgroups, which are represented as internal nodes and terminal taxa to the right.
You can click on the root to travel down the Tree of Life all the way to the root of all Life, and you can click on the names of descendent subgroups to travel up the Tree of Life all the way to individual species.close box
Corbet et al. (1992) state that Faunis, Melanocyma and Taenaris "form a natural group probably worthy of subtribal rank ... ." This hypothesis is supported by preliminar molecular results (Peña et al. 2006, Wahlberg & Brower unpubl.). Hyantis and Morphopsis, two New Guinean genera traditionally included in Amathusiini, appear to be associated instead with Elymniiini. Note that Xanthataenia is not an amathusiine. This was pointed out by Corbet et al. (1992) on the basis of larval morphology, and has been corroborated by molecular evidence (Wahlberg & Brower, unpubl.).
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Parsons M. 1999. The butterflies of Papua New Guinea: their systematics and biology. Academic Press, San Diego.
Pena C, and Lamas G. 2005. Revision of the butterfly genus Forsterinaria Gray, 1973 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae, Satyrinae). Revista Peruana de Biologia 12: 5-48.
Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
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- First online 25 September 2006
- Content changed 09 November 2006
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Wahlberg, Niklas and Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2006. Amathusiini. Version 09 November 2006 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Amathusiini/70273/2006.11.09 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/