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Opoptera Aurivillius 1882

Mimoblepia Casagrande 1982 currently viewed as a subjective junior synonym

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Brassolini


A neotropical genus formerly considered to be part of Opsiphanes. The group ranges from Mexico to southern South America (Penz 2009), with relatively high diversity in the Atlantic coastal forest of southeastern Brazil.

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

The tree shown is the preferred alternative of two equally parsimonious trees presented by Penz (2009), based on morphological characters of adult specimens. Penz found that the monotypic genus Mimoblepia Casagrande is nested within and must be synonymized if the latter is to be monophyletic. The undescribed species from Peru was not included in the study.

Other Names for Opoptera Aurivillius 1882


Casagrande, MM. 2004. Brassolini. In Lamas G ed. 2004. Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papiionoidea. Gainesville: Scientific Publishers/Association of Tropical Lepidoptera.

Penz, C. M. 2007 Evaluating the monophyly and phylogenetic relationships of Brassolini genera (Lepipoptera, Nymphalidae). Syst. Ent. 32, 668-689.

Penz, C. M. 2009 The phylogeny of Opoptera butterflies, and an assessment of the systematic position of O. staudingeri (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Zootaxa 1985, 1-20.

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Scientific Name Opoptera hilaris
Location Rio Cristalino Lodge, Matto Grosso, Brasil
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Carla M. Penz
Life Cycle Stage adult
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Source Aorsa Owlet
Source Collection Neotropical Butterflies
Copyright © 2002 Will and Gill Carter
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Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2010. Opoptera Aurivillius 1882. Mimoblepia Casagrande 1982 currently viewed as a subjective junior synonym. Version 13 February 2010 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Opoptera/70760/2010.02.13 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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