Homologies in the colour patterns of the genus Charaxes (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The phylogenetically and morphologically diverse patterns of Charaxes can be reduced to a simple set of pattern elements which can be homologized throughout the genus. At least five types of correspondence (homologies) exist among pattern elements: those between (1) species, (2) forewing and hindwing, (3) dorsal and ventral wing surface, (4) serial wing‐cells, and (5) individual pattern elements within a single wing‐cell. Differences in Charaxes colour patterns result from the distortion, elaboration, enlargement, reduction or loss of individual pattern elements. Further variation is often the result of dislocation of pattern elements from their serial homologues in neighbouring wing‐cells, and fusion of individual pattern elements to create larger areas of colour. The type of analysis presented in this paper should be broadly applicable within the Lepidoptera and may prove useful in studying the systematics of colour patterns and the evolution of the developmental system that gives rise to them. Copyright © 1986, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nijhout, HF; Wray, GA

Published Date

  • January 1, 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 387 - 410

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-8312

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0024-4066

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1986.tb01766.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus