The Ecology and Evolution of Heliconius Butterflies: A Passion for Diversity

Hardcover | January 21, 2017

byChris Jiggins

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The Heliconius butterflies are one of the classic systems in evolutionary biology and have contributed hugely to our understanding of evolution over the last 150 years. Their dramatic radiation and remarkable mimicry has fascinated biologists since the days of Bates, Wallace, and Darwin. The Ecology and Evolution of Heliconius Butterflies is the first thorough and accessible treatment of the ecology, genetics, and behaviour of these butterflies, exploring how they offer remarkable insights into tropical biodiversity. The book starts by outlining some of the evolutionary questionsthat Heliconius research has helped to address, then moves on to an overview of the butterflies themselves and their ecology and behaviour before focussing on wing pattern evolution, and finally, speciation. Richly illustrated with 32 colour plates, this book makes the extensive scientificliterature on Heliconius butterflies accessible to a wide audience of professional ecologists, evolutionary biologists, entomologists, and amateur collectors.

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The Heliconius butterflies are one of the classic systems in evolutionary biology and have contributed hugely to our understanding of evolution over the last 150 years. Their dramatic radiation and remarkable mimicry has fascinated biologists since the days of Bates, Wallace, and Darwin. The Ecology and Evolution of Heliconius Butterf...

Chris Jiggins is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Director of Studies and Fellow at St John's College, Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. His research group is currently working on many aspects of Helic...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.98 inPublished:January 21, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Some evolutionary problems2. Meet the butterflies and the biologists3. The passion: Niche differentiation, coexistence and coevolution4. The pollen: Adult resources and life history evolution5. Roosts and traplines: Patterns of dispersal and movement6. Brains, sex and learning: Behaviour, sexual and social selection7. Beware! Warning colour and mimicry8. Genes on the wing: Colour pattern genetics9. Development on the wing: How to make a wing pattern different10. First steps: biogeography, hybridisation and the origins of novel patterns11. Completing the process: Adaptive radiation and speciation12. Taxonomic list