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Award Abstract #1256742

ARTS: Phylogeny and systematic revision of the diverse and cryptic Euptychiina (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae)

Division Of Environmental Biology
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Initial Amendment Date: March 7, 2013
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Latest Amendment Date: April 30, 2015
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Award Number: 1256742
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Award Instrument: Continuing grant
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Program Manager: Simon Malcomber
DEB Division Of Environmental Biology
BIO Direct For Biological Sciences
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Start Date: April 1, 2013
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End Date: March 31, 2018 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $470,604.00
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Investigator(s): Keith Willmott kwillmott@flmnh.ufl.edu (Principal Investigator)
Jacqueline Miller (Co-Principal Investigator)
Akito Kawahara (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, FL 32611-2002 (352)392-3516
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NSF Program(s): Biodiversity: Discov &Analysis
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Program Reference Code(s): 7375, 9169, EGCH, 1355, 9178, 9251, SMET, 7744
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Program Element Code(s): 1198


The diverse butterfly subtribe Euptychiina contains more than 400 species in Central and South American habitats ranging from rainforest to cerrado. Hundreds of thousands of euptychiine specimens in natural history museum collections hold untapped data for studies in many fields, but almost half of all specimens are difficult to confidently identify. At least 20% of species have no scientific name and 65% of genera are invalid. This project has 5 main goals: (1) to combine morphological and DNA data to produce a comprehensive evolutionary hypothesis for the subtribe and define genera; (2) to revise the classification for 9 genera containing 159 species (35 to be named), and to name an additional 21+ species in other Euptychiina genera; (3) to train butterfly researchers at the University of Florida and at the University of Campinas, Brazil; (4) to test hypotheses about Euptychiina evolution; (5) and to develop collection and web-based electronic resources to facilitate future research.

The project will provide a reliable classification and understanding of species diversity in Euptychiina and use these to begin to investigate how these organisms diversified and what factors control their current distribution, helping to predict how changing land use and climate are likely to impact their diversity.The project will train 1 post-doctoral researcher, 3 graduate students and other university and high-school students, with special efforts to include minorities. Museum collections will be enhanced and an NSF-funded, web-based informatics platform for storage and rapid sharing of taxonomic data will be adapted for use by the team and for future butterfly researchers. The project website will provide biological data, images and publications, and data will also be available to online biodiversity initiatives such as GBIF, EoL and iDigBio where they will be freely accessible. Finally, the project will be featured for one year and to more than 200,000 visitors as a component of the Florida Museum of Natural History's "Library of Life" exhibit, highlighting current research at the museum.


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André V. L. Freitas, Eduardo P. Barbosa, Jessie P. Santos, Olaf H. H. Mielke. "A new genus, Atlanteuptychia gen. nov., for Euptychia ernestina (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae)," Zoologia (Curitiba), v.30, 2013, p. 661-668. 

Ricardo R. Siewert, Thamara Zacca, Fernando M. S. Dias, Andre V. L. Freitas, Olaf H. H. Mielke, Mirna M. Casagrande. "The ?Taygetis ypthima species group? (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae): taxonomy, variation and description of a new species," ZooKeys, v.356, 2013, p. 11-29. 

Noemy Seraphim, Mario A. Marin, Andre V. L. Freitas, Karina L. Silva-Brandao. "Morphological and molecular marker contributions to disentangling the cryptic Hermeuptychia hermes species
complex (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae: Euptychiina).," Molecular Ecology Resources, v.14, 2014, p. 39-49. 

Cosmo, L. G., Barbosa, E. P., Freitas, A. V. L.. "Biology and morphology of the immature stages of Hermeuptychia atalanta (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae)," Annales de la Société entomologique de France (N.S.): International Journal of Entomology, v.50, 2014, p. 82.

Freitas, A. V., Iserhard, C. A., Santos, J. P., Oliveira, J. Y., Ribeiro, D., Alves, D. H., Batista, A. H., Marini-Filho, O. J., Mattos, G., Uehara-Prado, M.. "Studies with butterfly bait traps: an overview.," Revista Colombiana de Entomologia, v.40, 2014, p. 209.

Nakahara, S., S. A. Fratello, & Harvey, D. J.. "A New species of Euptychia Hübner, 1818 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae; Satyrinae) from Mount Roraima, Guyana," Zootaxa, v.3881, 2014, p. 291.

Neild, A. F. E., Nakahara, S., Fratello, S. A. & Harvey, D. J.. "A new species of Euptychia Hübner, 1818 (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae: Satyrini) from the Amazon basin and the Guianas," Tropical Lepidoptera Research, v.24, 2014, p. 4.

Warren, A. D., Tan, D., Willmott, K. R. Grishin, N. V.. "Refining the diagnostic characters and distribution of Hermeuptychia intricata (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae: Satyrini).," Tropical Lepidoptera Research, v.24, 2014, p. 44.

Fratello, S. A., Nakahara, S., Brévignon, R. C. & Harvey, D. J.. "Two new species of Euptychia Hübner, 1818 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae) from the Guiana Shield, with notes on E. marceli Brévignon, 2005 and E. rufocincta Weymer, 1911.," Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, v.69, 2015, p. 293.

Lamas, G. & Nakahara, S.. "Nomenclatural status of Euptychia mollina Hübner, 1818 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae).," Zootaxa, v.3946, 2015, p. 587.

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