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Department of Zoology


The Radiating Butterflies Group studies the parallel radiations of some 300 species of mycalesine butterflies (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae) that inhabit the forests and savannah habitats of the old world tropics. Our aim is to reveal the patterns and processes of ecological speciation in this diverse group of tropical butterflies.

We are assembling several extensive datasets for these radiations, covering major traits both with respect to adaptation to ecological environments and to the acquisition of reproductive isolation.


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