Morpho rhodopteron

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Morpho rhodopteron
Figure 9 (largest butterfly on plate, only one wing shown), underside, from the plate accompanying the original description
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Morpho
Species: M. rhodopteron
Binomial name
Morpho rhodopteron
Godman & Salvin, 1880
  • Morpho rhodopteron var. nevadensis Krüger, 1925
  • Morpho (Cytheritis) schultzei Le Moult & Réal, 1962

Morpho rhodopteron is a Neotropical butterfly known only from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia.

With a wingspan of 7.5 cm (3 in). It is the smallest species in the genus Morpho.


  • Godman, Du Cane F. and Salvin, O. (1880) A List of Diurnal Lepidoptera collected in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, Colombia, and the Vicinity Transactions of the Entomological Society of London Volume 28: 119–154.
  • 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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