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 Post subject: Rayed Longwing?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:34 am 
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Is this Rayed Longwing? Exploranapo Iquitos Peru near water


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 Post subject: Re: Rayed Longwing?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:34 am 
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Looks right! I haven´t seen this species around Iquitos yet. Good one!


 
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 Post subject: Re: Rayed Longwing?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:32 am 
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This one seen in inondated forest sailing into a small tributary off napo river in blackwater, it was feeding in some yellow flowers and ephyphets near water, the boatman got it for photo, It looks like a canopy species


 
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 Post subject: Re: Rayed Longwing?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:00 pm 
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Hi Neils and Rob

Just a quick request - using the common names like "Rayed Longwing" is OK, but it would be helpful to many people if we always used the scientific names as well.

There are 2 good reasons for this - firstly the common names are not fully established and tend to be different in various books and on various websites; and secondly the taxonomy of neotropical butterflies is in a state of constant flux - species names get changed, species get moved into different genera, full species get relegated to subspecies etc.

The best approach ( as recommended to me by several taxonomists ) is to avoid confusion by wherever possible stating the full scientific name including the subspecies, as when the taxonomy gets revised it is often the case that a subspecies gets elevated to become a full species.

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Adrian

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 Post subject: Rayed Longwing - Laparus doris
PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:35 pm 
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Adrian, I prefer to use the latin speciesnames as well. It´s best to use both though. There are many changes in latin names as well though.


 
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