Morpho niepelti

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Morpho niepelti
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Morpho
Species: M. niepelti
Binomial name
Morpho niepelti
Röber, 1927
Synonyms
  • Morpho theseus staudingeri Niepelt, 1927

Morpho niepelti is a Neotropical butterfly.

Description[edit]

Morpho niepelti is a large butterfly. The forewings have a concave outer edge and the outer edge of the hindwing is very scalloped. The upperside is more or less dark blue with a very dark marginal band and a very dark strip that runs along two-thirds of the costal edge of the forewing. The underside is brown with a line of ocelli.

Distribution[edit]

Morpho niepelti is an endemic species found only in Colombia.

Taxonomy[edit]

Morpho niepelti was described by Julius Röber in 1927 under the initial name Morpho theseus staudingeri.

Etymology[edit]

The name honours Friedrich Wilhelm Niepelt.

References[edit]

  • 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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