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From cryptic to colorful: Evolutionary decoupling of larval and adult color in butterflies

Medina, Iliana ; Vega-Trejo, Regina; Wallenius, Thomas; Symonds, Matthew; Stuart-Fox, Devi


Many animals undergo complete metamorphosis, where larval forms change abruptly in adulthood. Color change during ontogeny is common, but there is little understanding of evolutionary patterns in these changes. Here, we use data on larval and adult color for 246 butterfly species (61% of all species in Australia) to test whether the evolution of color is coupled between life stages. We show that adults are more variable in color across species than caterpillars and that male adult color has...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Evolution Letters
DOI: 10.1002/evl3.149
Access Rights: Open Access


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