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The Caribbean Metalmark butterfly



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Project title: 
Molecular assessment of the Caribbean Metalmark butterfly: a single widespread lineage or isolated cryptic species?
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Metalmarks butterflies, Riodinidae, are one of the six butterfly families. Most of its 1300 species are Neotropical, however, a single monotypic genus inhabits the West Indies. The Caribbean Metalmark, Dianesia carteri, is restricted Cuba and the Bahamas where several isolated populations are known. A first approach using barcodes suggest that Dianesia may comprise more than one species. The project will sample several populations using high-throughput sequencing to compare them and reassess their taxonomic status.


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