Keith in Rainforest with school kids
Keith Willmott works with museum education programs to introduce school children to butterflies and moths.

Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace

Florida Museum researcher Keith Willmott and peers reclassified the genus Pteronymia in a new paper, adding six species for a total of 53, and studied the evolutionary history of the group.

Authors: Donna Lisa De-Silva, Luísa L. Mota, Nicolas Chazot, Ricardo Mallarino, Karina L. Silva-Brandão, Luz Miryam Gómez Piñerez, André V.L. Freitas, Gerardo Lamas, Mathieu Joron, James Mallet, Carlos E. Giraldo, Sandra Uribe, Tiina Särkinen, Sandra Knapp, Chris D. Jiggins, Keith R. Willmott & Marianne Elias

Excerpt from discussion:

“Our extensive molecular sampling of the genus Pteronymia encompassing multiple subspecies and combined with morphological and distributional data enabled us to redefine species boundaries in the genus, resulting in six additional recognized species in the genus. The resulting taxonomic changes now make Pteronymia the most species-rich ithomiine genus, with 53 species.”

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