Admirals and Painted LadiesNiklas Wahlberg and Andrew V. Z. Brower
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The genus Vanessa contains some of the world's most widespread and familiar butterflies, including the Red Admiral (V. atalanta) and the Painted Lady (V. cardui).
Discussion of Phylogenetic RelationshipsThe topology is based on the molecular phylogenetic study of Wahlberg et al. (2005).
Other Names for Vanessa
- Vernacular Names: Admirals and Painted Ladies
Wahlberg N, Brower AVZ, and Nylin S. 2005. Phylogenetic relationships of tribes and genera in the subfamily Nymphalinae (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) based on three gene sequences. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 86: 227-251.
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University of Turku, Finland
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA
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- First online 08 December 2006
- Content changed 09 June 2009
Citing this page:
Wahlberg, Niklas and Andrew V. Z. Brower. 2009. Vanessa http://tolweb.org/Vanessa/70331/2009.06.09 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/. Admirals and Painted Ladies. Version 09 June 2009 (under construction).