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Timelaea Lucas 1883

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Apaturinae


A group of small, atypical apaturines from China. As may be inferred from the anagrammatical generic name, these butterflies were formerly considered to be close relatives of Melitaea (Nymphalinae). DNA sequences (Wahlberg et al. 2003, 2005) show that the genus belongs in Apaturinae.


Wahlberg N, Brower AVZ, and Nylin S. 2005. Phylogenetic relationships of tribes and genera in the subfamily Nymphalinae ((Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) based on three gene sequences. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 86: 227-251.

Wahlberg N, Weingartner E, and Nylin S. 2003. Towards a better understanding of the higher systematics of Nymphalidae (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 28: 473-484.

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Scientific Name Timelaea albescens formosana
Location Taiwan
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
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Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

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