News from IBE
A long-term study by a joint team of butterfly researchers, including Roger Vila and Gerard Talavera, reviews through extensive surveys and data one of the two butterfly families still lacking for a comprehensive phylogenetic framework: the Riodinidae.
The family is ~96 My old and has about 1500 species (8% of all butterflies). It is mostly distributed in the tropics (only one species is present in Europe), and particularly in the Neotropics, where they have evolved towards exhibiting the greatest variation in wing shape, color and pattern in any butterfly family.
Espeland M, Hall JP, DeVries PJ, Lees DC, Cornwall M, Hsu YF, Wu LW, Campbell DL, Talavera G, Vila R, Salzman S, Ruehr S, Lohman DJ, Pierce NE (2015). Ancient Neotropical origin and recent recolonisation: Phylogeny, biogeography and diversification of the Riodinidae (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 93 (2015) 296-306.