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Containing group: Danainae


The tribe Tellervini contains a single genus, Tellervo, with six species distributed in New Guinea, northern Australia and the Solomon Islands.


Medium-sized black butterflies with white spots. Male tellervines lack both the abdominal hairpencils of danaines and the hindwing hairpencils of ithomiines. The larvae are danaidiform, with thoracic and abdominal tubercles. Larval food plant is Parsonsia.


Ackery PR. 1987. The danaid genus Tellervo (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) - a cladistic approach. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 89: 203-274.

Parsons M. 1998. The butterflies of Papua New Guinea: their systematics and biology. Academic Press, San Diego.

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Niklas Wahlberg
Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

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Wahlberg, Niklas and Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2006. Tellervini. Version 27 September 2006 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Tellervini/27572/2006.09.27 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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