TaenarisAndrew V. Z. Brower
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The species of Taenaris are whitish to grayish, some species with a yellow anal margin on the hindwing, and with prominent eyespots displayed on the hindwings. Unlike most other amathusiines, they are diurnal fliers. Some species feed on cycads and may be chemically defended, serving as models for Batesian mimicry in a variety of other groups (including Hyantis, Mycalesis, Hypocysta, Elymnias, and Hypolimnas). Most species occur in New Guinea and surrounding islands, but one (T. horsfieldii) is distributed from peninsular Malaya to Palawan and Java.
The phylogenetic hypothesis is based on Parsons' (1999) interpretation of Brooks (1950).
Brooks CJ. 1950. A revision of the genus Tenaris Hübner (Lepidoptera: Amathusiidae). Trans. R. Ent. Soc. Lond. 101: 179-238 + 8 plates.
Corbet AS, Pendlebury HM, and Eliot JN. 1992. The butterflies of the Malay Peninsula. Malayan Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.
Parsons M. 1999. The butterflies of Papua New Guinea: their systematics and biology. Academic Press, San Diego.
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- First online 09 November 2006
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Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2009. Taenaris http://tolweb.org/Taenaris/87529/2009.11.16 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/. Version 16 November 2009 (under construction).