Morpho lympharis

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Lympharis Morpho
Morpholympharis.JPG
Museum specimen from Chanchamayo Province, Peru.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Morphini
Genus: Morpho
Species: M. lympharis
Binomial name
Morpho lympharis
(Butler, 1873)

The Lympharis Morpho, Morpho lympharis, is a Neotropical butterfly found in Peru and Bolivia.

Description[edit]

Morpho lympharis is a large butterfly. The crystal clear wings are suffused blue or iridescent pink.The reverse side is decorated with a row of ocelli.

Morpho lympharis Btlr. replaces M. portis in the Andean region, but has hitherto only been found in Peru and was described from Pucartambo. Male above somewhat darker blue than M. aega and with subapical white punctiform spots on the forewing. Underside of both wings with three ocelli, of which the apical and the two intermediate ones are elongate-oval in shape. Otherwise as Morpho portis Hbn.[1]

Taxonomy[edit]

Blandin (1993), considers Morpho lympharis conspecific with Morpho sulkowskyi and that it is one of a north-south succession of sub-species spread from Colombia to Bolivia, with a north-south succession of sub-species. Lamas (2004) considers that there are two different species, M. sulkowskyi ranging from Colombia to central Perú, and M. lympharis Butler, 1873, ranging from central Peru to Bolivia.

Habitat[edit]

Morpho sulkowskyi and Morpho lympharis uniquely occupy Tropical Andes cloud forests, at altitudes between 1500 and 3500 m.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fruhstorfer, H., 1913. Family: Morphidae. In A. Seitz (editor), Macrolepidoptera of the world, vol. 5: 333–356. Stuttgart: Alfred Kernen.
  • Le Moult (E.) & Réal (P.), 1962-1963. Les Morpho d'Amérique du Sud et Centrale, Editions du cabinet entomologique E. Le Moult, Paris.

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