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Heliconius pachinus Salvin 1871

Heliconius cydno pachinus Salvin 1871 [Lamas (2004) views pachinus as a subspecies of H. cydno]

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

Introduction

This close relative of Heliconius cydno is endemic to the Pacific slope of Costa Rica and western Panama. It is involved in Müllerian mimicry with H. hewitsonii.

Characteristics

Adult H. pachinus can be distinguished from mimetic H. hewitsonii by the proximal yellow forewing band. In H. pachinus, this band is entirely beyond the end of the discal cell, while in H. hewitsonii, the yellow band cuts through the distal end of the discal cell. H. pachinus lacks the brown "forceps" marking on the underside of the hindwing that occurs in H. cydno forms, and instead exhibits rather extensive red basal streaks, another feature it shares in common with its mimic H. hewistonii.

Geographical Distribution

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Distribution of Heliconius pachinus and related species. © Margarita Beltran

References

Lamas, G. (ed.) 2004 Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papiionoidea. Gainesville: Scientific Publishers/Association of Tropical Lepidoptera.

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Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

Correspondence regarding this page should be directed to Margarita Beltran at and Andrew V. Z. Brower at

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Beltran, Margarita and Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2007. Heliconius pachinus Salvin 1871. Heliconius cydno pachinus Salvin 1871 [Lamas (2004) views pachinus as a subspecies of H. cydno]. Version 03 June 2007 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Heliconius_pachinus/72254/2007.06.03 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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