EuploeaAndrew V. Z. Brower
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The genus Euploea ranges from the Comoro Islands in the Indian Ocean to the Fiji Islands, Samoa and Tahiti. Most species are medium-sized brownish butterflies with bands of marginal white spots, while some are strikingly irridescent blue/purple. Many of the larger Australasian islands are home to mimetic assemblages of Euploea spp.. Larval host plants include the families Apocynaceae, Asclepiadaceae and Moraceae.
Immatures of Euploea core corinna. Larva (left) and pupa (right). © 2005 melanie cook
The tree shown here is based on Ackery and Vane-Wright's (1984) cladistic analysis of morphological characters, with the addition of some geographical species related to E. core elevated to specific status by Vane-Wright (1993). A few of the numerous additional generic names of Moore and others are occasionally used to designate subgenera within Euploea.
Ackery PR, and Vane-Wright RI. 1984. Milkweed butterflies. British Museum (Natural History), London.
Vane-Wright RI. 1993. Milkweed butterflies (Lepidoptera: Danainae) and conservation priorities in the Andaman and Nicobar islands, India. Butterflies, Japan (4): 21–33.
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- First online 05 October 2006
- Content changed 21 June 2008
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Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2008. Euploea http://tolweb.org/Euploea/70704/2008.06.21 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/. Version 21 June 2008 (under construction).