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Heliconius heurippa Hewitson 1854

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


Heliconius heurippa, apparently a cognate of H. cydno (Brower 1994, 1996; Beltr?n et al. 2007), is distributed on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Dpto. Meta, Colombia, where it is parapatric with H. melpomene melpomene on an elevational gradient (Benson et al. 1976). It has been hypothesized to be of hybrid origin between that species and H. cydno cordula (Salazar et al. 2005; Mavarez et al. 2006).

H. heurippa does not bear a close mimetic resemblance to any other Heliconius species.

Geographical Distribution

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Distribution of Heliconius heurippa and related species. © Margarita Beltran


Beltr?n, M., Jiggins, C. D., Brower, A. V. Z., Bermingham, E. & Mallet, J. 2007 Do pollen feeding, pupal-mating and larval gregariousness have a single origin in Heliconius butterflies? Inferences from multilocus DNA sequence data. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 92, 221-239.

Benson, W. W., Brown, K. S., Jr. & Gilbert, L. E. 1976. Coevolution of plants and herbivores: passion flower butterflies. Evolution 29, 659-680.

Brower, A. V. Z. 1994 Phylogeny of Heliconius butterflies inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 3, 159-174.

Brower, A. V. Z. 1996 A new mimetic species of Heliconius (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), from southeastern Colombia, as revealed by cladistic analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequences. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 116, 317-332.

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.

Mav?rez, J., Salazar, C., Bermingham, E., Salcedo, C., Jiggins, CD., Linares, M. 2006. Speciation by hybridization in Heliconius butterflies Nature. 441: 868-871.

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Scientific Name Heliconius heurippa
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source University of Cambridge Butterfly genetics group
Copyright © Juan Gillermo Monta??s and Mauricio Linares
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Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

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