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Heliconius cydno Doubleday 1847

Margarita Beltrán and Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Heliconius


Heliconius cydno is a polytypic species ranging from southern Mexico to western Ecuador, with a number of closely-related entities (including H. pachinus, H. heurippa, H. timareta and H. tristero) that have been described as separate species but may be differentiated geographical races or the results of introgressive hybridization. Patterns of gene flow between races of H. cydno and races of its close relative H. melpomene are the subject of much current research (e. g., Mavarez et al. 2006).

Geographical Distribution

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Distribution of Heliconius cydno and related species. © Margarita Beltran


Brown, K. S., Jr. 1979 Ecologia Geogr?fica e Evolu??o nas Florestas Neotropicais. Campinas, S?o Paulo, Brasil: Universidade Estadual de Campinas.

Linares, M. 1997 Origin of neotropical mimetic biodiversity from a three-way hybrid zone of Heliconius cydno butterflies. In Tropcal biodiversity and systematics. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Biodiversity and Systematics in Tropical Ecosystems, Bonn, 1994. (ed. H. Ulrich), pp. 93-108. Bonn: Zoologisches Forschung Institut und Museum Alexander Koenig.

Mavarez, J., Salazar, C. A., Bermingham, E., Salcedo, C., Jiggins, C. D. & Linares, M. 2006 Speciation by hybridization in Heliconius butterflies. Nature 441, 868-871 + 11 supplementary pages.

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This captive specimen of Heliconius cydno chioneus Bates is a member of a geographical race occurring in Costa Rica and Panama.

Scientific Name Heliconius cydno
Location Captive live butterfly photographed at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
ToL Image Use creative commons This image is licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Creative Commons License.
Copyright © 2003 Bruce Marlin
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University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

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Beltrán, Margarita and Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2007. Heliconius cydno Doubleday 1847. Version 17 September 2007 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Heliconius_cydno/72251/2007.09.17 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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