A new subspecies of Anthanassa (Nymphalidae: Nymphalinae: Melitaeini) from Southeastern Brazil

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A new subspecies of Anthanassa drusilla, ssp rioverde, is described from Minas Gerais, Southeastern Brazil. This new subspecies is isolated from all odier known subspecies of A. drusilla by at least 2000 km, and its closest taxon based on wing pattern is Anthanassa drusilla higginsi, from Cerro Neblina, Venezuela. To our knowledge, the species is endemic to the region of Pogos de Caldas Plateau (Minas Gerais), a region of high natural radiation and heavily impacted by mining. Since the entire geographic distribution and conservation status of this subspecies is unknown, it is highly recommended that immediate measures are taken to minimize the environmental impact on die area of occurrence of this butterfly.


External organisations
  • University of Campinas
  • University of Turku
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Zoology
  • Biological Systematics


  • Atlantic forest, Minas gerais, Phyciodina, Taxonomy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-90
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Lepidopterists' Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jun 18
Publication categoryResearch