Natural hybridization in heliconiine butterflies: the species boundary as a continuum

  title={Natural hybridization in heliconiine butterflies: the species boundary as a continuum},
  author={James Mallet and Margarita Beltr{\'a}n and Walter Neukirchen and Mauricio Linares},
  journal={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
  pages={28 - 28}
To understand speciation and the maintenance of taxa as separate entities, we need information about natural hybridization and gene flow among species. Interspecific hybrids occur regularly in Heliconius and Eueides (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in the wild: 26–29% of the species of Heliconiina are involved, depending on species concept employed. Hybridization is, however, rare on a per-individual basis. For one well-studied case of species hybridizing in parapatric contact (Heliconius erato and H… CONTINUE READING
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