Niklas Wahlberg

The subfamily Pseudergolinae has usually been placed within the Limenitidinae. Molecular work is showing that the subfamily Pseudergolinae is an independent lineage more related to Nymphalinae/Apaturinae/Biblidinae/Cyrestinae than to Limenitidinae (see Wahlberg et al. 2003 and 2009). The subfamily comprises 7 species placed in 4 genera (according to the latest version of the Classification of Nymphalidae). The phylogenetic relationships of species in this subfamily appear to be clear, with Pseudergolis+Amnosia and Dichorragia+Stibochiona being sister genera.


Checklist of species in Pseudergolinae

Key publications for Pseudergolinae systematics:

  1. Wahlberg, N., Leneveu, J., Kodandaramaiah, U., Peña, C., Nylin, S., Freitas, A. V. L. & Brower, A. V. Z. 2009: Nymphalid butterflies diversify following near demise at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B Biological Sciences 276: 4295-4302. doi:10.1098/rspb.2009.1303
  2. Wahlberg, N., Weingartner, E. & Nylin, S. 2003: Towards a better understanding of the higher systematics of Nymphalidae (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 28:473-484. doi:10.1016/S1055-7903(03)00052-6