New butterfly species discovered in London museum

Splendeuptychia ackeryi, the new species

From Birdlife:

A splendid new butterfly for science – a new species of butterfly has been found in the collections of the Natural History Museum in London after being held there since 1920.

Blanca Huertas discovered the species, together with two colleagues, on a Conservation Leadership Programme-funded biological expedition in a remote mountain in Colombia in 2005. However, she did not notice it was an undescribed species until she found other specimens in the Natural History Museum collections, also from Colombia but caught in 1920.

The discovery was confirmed by detailed studies of its unusually hairy mouthparts, different to other related species. This butterfly belongs to the genus Splendeuptychia and has been called Splendeuptychia ackeryi in honour of Phil Ackery, the former Collection Manager of the butterfly collections at the Natural History Museum. The description of the “Magdalena Valley Ringlet” was published in the scientific journal Zootaxa in February 2009.

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2 thoughts on “New butterfly species discovered in London museum

  1. New Turkish butterfly books – Lepidopterists (people interested in butterflies and moths) are few and far between in Turkey, with just a few dozen butterfly-watchers. But the objects of their attention are present in abundance. Doğa Derneği (BirdLife in Turkey) hopes to create a greater interest in butterflies with its new butterfly-watching field guide, Turkey’s Butterfly Handbook, which contains information and pictures of all the country’s species. Some 400 butterfly species are found in the country, and 253 of them also feature in a colorful new report, the Kelebek-Türk 2008 Almanac. (Kelebek is Turkish for butterfly.) The report was put together by a small group of butterfly fans and photographers, the Kelebek-Türk Gözlemciler Grubu (observers group), which plans to update its work every year in an effort to aid nature-protection programmes by increasing awareness of butterflies. The group has also helped academics document butterfly species in the Aegean province of İzmir, identifying 13 new species.


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