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Praepapilio Durden and Rose, 1978group is extinct

Vazrick Nazari
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Containing group: Papilionidae


Durden and Rose (1978) described the fossil genus Praepapilio under its own subfamily (Praepapilionidae) and with two species, P. colorado and P. gracilis (Durden and Rose, 1978). A recent morphological study (Nazari et al., 2007), however, has found a close relationship between P. colorado and the tribe Papilionini within the subfamily Papilioninae.


Durden, C.J., Rose, H., 1978. Butterflies from the middle Eocene: The earliest occurance of fossil Papilionidae. Prarce-Sellards Ser. Tax. Mem. Mus. 29: 1-25.

Nazari, V., Zakharov, E.V., Sperling, F.A.H., 2007. Phylogeny, historical biogeography, and taxonomic ranking of Parnassiinae (Lepidoptera, Papilionidae) based on morphology and seven genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 42: 131-156.

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Scientific Name Praepapilio colorado
Location Green River Fm; Mahogany Mr.; CO. Raydome 1
Specimen Condition Fossil -- Period: Eocene, 48 MYA
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Vazrick Nazari
Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes, Ottawa, Canada

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