Morpho sulkowskyi

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Sulkowsky's Morpho
Morphosulkowski.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Division: Rhopalocera
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Morphini
Genus: Morpho
Species: M. sulkowskyi
Binomial name
Morpho sulkowskyi
(Kollar ,1850)

Sulkowsky's Morpho (Morpho sulkowskyi) is a Neotropical butterfly. It is found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

Habitat[edit]

Morpho sulkowskyi is a Tropical Andes cloud forest specialist (above 800 to 1,500 meters as high as 3500 meters). Morpho sulkowskyi and Morpho lympharis Butler, 1873 are the sole Morphos occupying this habitat.

Taxonomy[edit]

Morpho sulkowskyi and Morpho lympharis may be conspecific.There are several subspecies and many forms have been described.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Morpho sulkowskyi sulkowskyi V. Kollar, 1850
  • Morpho sulkowskyi hoppiana F.W. Niepelt, 1923
  • Morpho sulkowskyi selenaris E. Le Moult & P. Réal, 1962
  • Morpho sulkowskyi sirene F.W. Niepelt, 1911

Ecozone[edit]

Neotropical ecozone

Similar species[edit]

Very similar to,and maybe conspecific with Morpho lympharis.

Colors[edit]

Iridescent colors of Morpho sulkowskyi are caused by the specific nanostructures on its wings (SEM images at the bottom).[1]

The colors of a Morpho sulkowskyi is white with a holographic shine to them.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Potyrailo, Radislav A.; Bonam, Ravi K.; Hartley, John G.; Starkey, Timothy A.; Vukusic, Peter; Vasudev, Milana; Bunning, Timothy; Naik, Rajesh R.; Tang, Zhexiong; Palacios, Manuel A.; Larsen, Michael; Le Tarte, Laurie A.; Grande, James C.; Zhong, Sheng; Deng, Tao (2015). "Towards outperforming conventional sensor arrays with fabricated individual photonic vapour sensors inspired by Morpho butterflies". Nature Communications 6: 7959. doi:10.1038/ncomms8959. PMC 4569698. PMID 26324320. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Le Moult (E.) & Réal (P.), 1962–1963. Les Morpho d'Amérique du Sud et Centrale, Editions du cabinet entomologique E. Le Moult, Paris.
  • 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.1 (Brazil) and page 235 fig. 9 as ockendeni (Peru).

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