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Pieridae

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Alfalfa butterflyWestern checkered white butterfly
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The current hypothesis of relationships for pierid genera is based upon the molecular phylogenetic hypothesis of Braby et al. 2006. Taxa not included in that hypothesis are indicated as incertae sedis as indicated by the authors, and the inferred positions of several fossil pierid genera are also indicated.

Containing group: Papilionoidea

References

Ackery, P. R., R. de Jong, and R. I. Vane-Wright. 1999. The butterflies: Hedyloidea, Hesperioidea, and Papilionoidea. Pages 264-300 in: Lepidoptera: Moths and Butterflies. 1. Evolution, Systematics, and Biogeography. Handbook of Zoology Vol. IV, Part 35. N. P. Kristensen, ed. De Gruyter, Berlin and New York.

Braby, M. F. 2005. Provisional checklist of genera of the Pieridae (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). Zootaxa 832:1?16.

Braby, M., R. Vila, and N. E. Pierce. 2006. Molecular phylogeny and systematics of the Pieridae (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea): higher classification and biogeography. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 147(2):239-275.

Bridges, C. A. 1988. Catalogue of Papilionidae and Pieridae (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera). Urbana, Illinois: Charles A. Bridges.

Lamas, G. 2004. Pieridae. In: Lamas G, ed. Checklist: Part 4a Hesperioidea?Papilionoidea. In: Heppner JB, ed. Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera, Vol. 5A. Gainesville: Association for Tropical Lepidoptera/Scientific Publishers, 99?117.

Pollock, D. D., W. B. Watt, V. K. Rashbrook, and E. V. Iyengar. 1998. Molecular phylogeny for Colias butterflies and their relatives (Lepidoptera: Pieridae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 91(5):524-531.

Stavenga, D. G., S. Stowe, K. Siebke, J. Zeil, and K. Arikawa. 2004. Butterfly wing colours: scale beads make white pierid wings brighter. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 271:1577?1584.

Title Illustrations
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Alfalfa butterfly
Scientific Name Colias eurytheme (Coliadinae)
Location Bear River Ridge Road (Humboldt County, California, USA)
Comments Alfalfa butterfly
Creator T. W. Davies
Acknowledgements Courtesy CalPhotos
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Copyright © 1999
Western checkered white butterfly
Scientific Name Pontia occidentalis (Pierinae)
Location San Antonio Road to Mount Hamilton (Santa Clara County, California, USA)
Comments Western checkered white butterfly
Creator T. W. Davies
Acknowledgements Courtesy CalPhotos
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Copyright © 1999
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Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2006. Pieridae. Version 04 October 2006 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Pieridae/12176/2006.10.04 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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