Reproductive isolation caused by colour pattern mimicry

@article{Jiggins2001ReproductiveIC,
  title={Reproductive isolation caused by colour pattern mimicry},
  author={C. Jiggins and R. E. Naisbit and R. L. Coe and J. Mallet},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={411},
  pages={302-305}
}
Speciation is facilitated if ecological adaptation directly causes assortative mating, but few natural examples are known. Here we show that a shift in colour pattern mimicry was crucial in the origin of two butterfly species. The sister species Heliconius melpomene and Heliconius cydno recently diverged to mimic different model taxa, and our experiments show that their mimetic coloration is also important in choosing mates. Assortative mating between the sister species means that hybridization… Expand
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