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Echo satyr (Taygetis echo).JPG
Echo satyr (T. echo), Trinidad
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Tribe: Satyrini
Subtribe: Euptychiina
Genus: Taygetis
Hübner, [1819]

Taygetis is a genus of satyrid butterflies found in the Neotropical realm.

Taxonomy and evolution[edit]

The genus appeared as polyphyletic,[1] with Taygetis kerea and Taygetis weymeri as part of the butterfly genus Taygetina, whereas Taygetis rectifascia and Taygetis ypthima are related to the genus Pseudodebis. Recently, the "Taygetis ypthima species group" was defined,[2] and it includes Taygetis rectifascia, Taygetis ypthima, Taygetis drogoni, and Taygetis fulginia. However, the inclusion of such a species group within the genus Taygetis is unsupported by molecular[1] and karyological data.[3]


Listed alphabetically:[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Matos-Maraví, P.F., Peña, C., Willmott, K.R., Freitas, A.V.L. & Wahlberg, N., 2013: Systematics and evolutionary history of butterflies in the “Taygetis clade” (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae: Euptychiina): towards a better understanding of Neotropical biogeography. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 66: 54-68: Abstract and full article: doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2012.09.005
  2. ^ Siewert, R.R., Zacca, T., Dias, F.M.S., Freitas, A.V.L., Mielke, O.H.H. & Casagrande, M.M., 2013: The “'Taygetis ypthima' species group” (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae): taxonomy, variation and description of a new species. Zookeys, 356: 11-29: Abstract and full article: doi:10.3897/zookeys.356.6481
  3. ^ Brown Jr, K.S., Freitas, A.V.L., von Schoultz, B., Saura, A.O. & Saura, A., 2007: Chromosomal evolution of South American frugivorous butterflies in the Satyroid clade (Nymphalidae: Charaxinae, Morphinae and Satyrinae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 92: 467-461
  4. ^ Lamas, Gerardo, 2004, Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera; Checklist: Part 4A; Hesperioidea-Papilionoidea
  5. ^ "Taygetis Hübner, [1819]" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  • Brevignon, Christian, 2005: Description of new Satyrinae from French Guiana (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Lambillionea CV sept.: 393-404.