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1 February 2006 Morphology of Foretarsal Ventral Surfaces of Japanese Papilio Butterflies and Relations Between These Morphology, Phylogeny and Hostplant Preferring Hierarchy
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Foretarsal ventral surface observation of Japanese Papilio butterflies showed that the shapes of fifth foretarsi and numbers and localization of contact chemosensilla and spines in these areas are closely related to both phylogeny and behavior in these species. My results basically supported the classification that Japanese Papilio divides into five subgenera – Papilio (Princeps), P. machaon (P. xuthus and P. demoleus), Achillides (P. maackii and P. bianor), Menelaides (P. helenus, P. polytes, P. protenor and P. macilentus) and Iliades (P. memnon). Moreover, female foretarsal morphology also corresponded to the physical features of their preferring host plant leaves. The specificity of female P. machaon, female P. macilentus and female P. maackii seemed to also relate to the geographical diversities of these species and their hostplant, and their co-evolution.

Takashi A. Inoue "Morphology of Foretarsal Ventral Surfaces of Japanese Papilio Butterflies and Relations Between These Morphology, Phylogeny and Hostplant Preferring Hierarchy," Zoological Science 23(2), 169-189, (1 February 2006). https://doi.org/10.2108/zsj.23.169
Received: 8 April 2005; Accepted: 1 November 2005; Published: 1 February 2006
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