Morpho thamyris

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Thamyris Morpho
Morpho thamyris derivate.jpg
Male museum specimen
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Morpho
Species: M. thamyris
Binomial name
Morpho thamyris
C. & R. Felder, 1867

The Thamyris Morpho, Morpho thamyris, is a Neotropical butterfly found in Paraguay and Brazil (Santa Catarina, Mato Grosso, São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul).

Many subspecies have been described.


Thamyris was in Greek mythology a singer who was so proud of his skill that he boasted he could outsing the Muses. His story is told in the Iliad.


Some authors consider Morpho thamyris to be a subspecies of Morpho portis (Hübner, [1821])


Neotropical ecozone.


  • Eugène Le Moult & Pierre Réal, 1962-1963. Les Morpho d'Amérique du Sud et Centrale, Editions du cabinet entomologique E. Le Moult, Paris.
  • Adalbert Seitz (Ed.) 1907. Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde, vol. 5. Stuttgart, Alfred Kernen.
  • Paul Smart, 1976 The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Butterfly World in Color.London, Salamander:Encyclopedie des papillons. Lausanne, Elsevier Sequoia (French language edition)ISBN 9780948427046 ISBN 0600313816 page 234 fig.2(Brazil) and page 235 fig.8, underside (Brazil).

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