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Scientists Revise the Elymnias Hübner Species and Subspecies Delimitations in Light of an Integrative Taxonomic Investigation Using External Morphology

September 20, 2017

David Lohman, associate professor of biology at The City College of New York’s Division of Science co-authored a papered titled An illustrated checklist of the genus Elymnias Hübner, 1818 (Nymphalidae, Satyrinae). In it, Lohman and his colleagues revise the taxonomy of Asian palmflies in the genus Elymnias, based on a new study on the butterflies’ evolutionary history. “The scientists discovered numerous cryptic –two or more species erroneously classified as one species–as well as single species mistakenly described as two or three. Frequently, species discriminated with genetic data are each others’ closest relatives, but can be distinguished by stark genetic differences; this suggests a lack of interbreeding—a hallmark of species distinctiveness,” Phys.org wrote.

Learn more about the study at: http://bit.ly/2xRqwoG