Morpho thamyris

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Thamyris morpho
Morpho thamyris derivate.jpg
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

Morpho thamyris, the Thamyris morpho, 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 a singer in Greek mythology 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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