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Tellervini Fruhstorfer 1910

Tellervo Kirby 1894

Niklas Wahlberg and Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Danainae


The tribe Tellervini contains a single genus, Tellervo, with six species distributed in New Guinea, northern Australia and the Solomon Islands.


Medium-sized black butterflies with white spots. Male tellervines lack both the abdominal hairpencils of danaines and the hindwing hairpencils of ithomiines. The larvae are danaidiform, with thoracic and abdominal tubercles. Larval food plant is Parsonsia.


There is some question as to the proper family-group root for the name Tellervo - should it be "Tellerv- " or should it be "Tellervini- "? There is no indication that the name is a 5th declension noun and that its genitive case should be Tellervinis, and Fruhstorfer used the shorter version in his original employment of the family-group name Tellervinae. For this reason, we choose to not add extra syllables. Family-group names from Morpho are formed in the same way (in contrast to, e. g. Papilionidae and Hominidae).

Other Names for Tellervo Kirby 1894


Ackery PR. 1987. The danaid genus Tellervo (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) - a cladistic approach. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 89: 203-274.

Parsons M. 1998. The butterflies of Papua New Guinea: their systematics and biology. Academic Press, San Diego.

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Scientific Name Tellervo zoilus
Location Queensland, Australia
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Identified By Darrell Kemp
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Niklas Wahlberg
University of Turku, Finland

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

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