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Heliconius heurippa Hewitson 1854

Andrew V. Z. Brower
Containing group: Heliconius


Heliconius heurippa is distributed on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Dpto. Meta, Colombia, where it is sympatric with H. melpomene melpomene. It has been hypothesized to be of hybrid origin between that species and H. cydno cordula (Mavarez et al. 2006).

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Distribution of Heliconius heurippa and related species. © Margarita Beltran


Gilbert LE. 2003. Adaptive novelty through introgression in Heliconius wing patterns: evidence for a shared genetic "tool box" from synthetic hybrid zones and a theory of diversification. In: Boggs CL, Watt WB and Ehrlich PR, eds. Butterflies: Ecology and evolution taking flight. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 281-318.

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

Salazar CA, Jiggins CD, Arias CF, Tobler A, Bermingham E, and Linares M. 2005. Hybrid incompatibility is consistent with a hybrid origin of Heliconius heurippa Hewitson from its close relatives, Heliconius cydno Doubleday and Heliconius melpomene Linnaeus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18: 247-256.

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