Niklas Wahlberg

The subfamily Apaturinae has been a stable grouping, though its rank has changed once or twice. It has sometimes been considered a tribe in the subfamily Nymphalinae. According to the current version of the Classification of Nymphalidae, there are 86 valid species in the subfamily placed into 21 valid genera. The group is however ripe for a global revision and the phylogenetic relationships have been the focus of only one study (Ohshima et al 2010).

Key publications for Apaturinae systematics:

  1. Friedlander, T. P. 1988. Taxonomy, phylogeny, and biogeography of Asterocampa Röber 1916 (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Apaturinae). Journal for Research on the Lepidoptera 25: 215-338.
  2. Le Moult, E. 1950. Revision de la classification des Apaturinae de l'Ancien Monde suivi d'une monographie de plusieurs genres. Miscellaenea Entomologica (Supplement).
  3. Ohshima, I., Tanikawa-Dodo, Y., Saigusa, T., Nishiyama, T., Kitani, M., Hasebe, M., & Mohri, H. 2010. Phylogeny, biogeography, and host–plant association in the subfamily Apaturinae (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) inferred from eight nuclear and seven mitochondrial genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 57, 1026-1036. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.09.018