Variable Selection and the Coexistence of Multiple mimetic forms of the Butterfly Heliconius numata

@article{Joron2004VariableSA,
  title={Variable Selection and the Coexistence of Multiple mimetic forms of the Butterfly Heliconius numata},
  author={M. Joron and I. R. Wynne and G. Lamas and J. Mallet},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
  year={2004},
  volume={13},
  pages={721-754}
}
Polymorphism in aposematic animals and coexistence of multiple mimicry rings within a habitat are not predicted by classical Müllerian mimicry. The butterfly Heliconius numata Cramer (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae; Heliconiinae) is both polymorphic and aposematic. The polymorphism is due to variation at a single locus (or `supergene') which determines colour patterns involved in Müllerian mimicry. We sampled 11 sites in a small area (approx. 60×30km) of North-eastern Peru for H. numata and its co… Expand
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