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The coming and going of Batesian mimicry in a Holarctic butterfly clade

Konrad Fiedler

Author Affiliations

Department of Animal Biodiversity, University of Vienna, Rennweg 14, 1030 Vienna, Austria

BMC Biology 2010, 8:122  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-122

Published: 15 September 2010

Abstract

A study using phylogenetic hypothesis testing, published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, suggests that non-mimetic forms of the North American white admiral butterfly evolved from a mimetic ancestor. This case might provide one of the first examples in which mimicry was gained and then lost again, emphasizing the evolutionary lability of Batesian mimicry.

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