As if citations mattered! But still, interesting:
Mathieu Joron has organized the next Heliconius meeting for 23-25 Aug 2018 in Montpellier, so if you’re attending the ESEB/SSE meeting, it’s right afterwards.
Here’s a link to Mathieu’s latest message on heliconius.ucl.ac.uk.
In case you can’t read it, feel free to email me and I’ll sign you up for this Heliconius list server: https://www.mailinglists.ucl.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/heliconius
Best wishes, Jim <j.mallet(at)ucl.ac.uk>
We’ve known for at least 15 years that two cryptic species existed within Keith Brown’s conception of Heliconius demeter. Kanchon Dasmahapatra found an overlap in the region of Tarapoto, Peru of two “H. demeter” taxa with different DNA signatures during his postdoctoral work. The existence of these two “good” species has become common knowledge among the Heliconius community. For example see the separate branches of eratosignis and demeter in the Fig. 1 tree of Kozak et al. 2015 (Multilocus species trees show the recent adaptive radiation of the mimetic Heliconius butterflies. Systematic Biology 64:505-524. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syv007 ). However, a justification for the species split had hitherto remained unpublished.
Neil Rosser finally submitted our highly collaborative paper yesterday: “Rosser N, Freitas AVL, Huertas B, Joron M, Lamas G, Mérot C, Simpson F, Willmott K, Mallet J, Dasmahapatra KK. 2018. A new cryptic species of Heliconius (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae).
The paper includes a revision of the nomenclature of all of the subspecies of “H. demeter“, showing that they fall neatly into the two newly split species demarcated by mtDNA and some nuclear genes. It also contains the description of a new demeter subspecies from Tarapoto, named after Mathieu Joron for his many contributions to Heliconius biology, as well as his contribution to this particular project.
Any comments welcome!
While reading the Anopheles gambiae 1000 genomes consortium paper, it occurred to me we could write a 1000 Heliconius genomes paper now. It would not have the same human health implications, of course, but could be rather more interesting evolutionarily.
I worried about Riccardo Papa, a Heliconius researcher at the University of Puerto Rico, so I wrote to him. His reply is below:
Hi Jim, Thank you for you very appreciated email. We are all safe but Puerto Rico is pretty much destroyed. Likewise the university. My lab is gone and I have lost the majority of my samples. No water, no electricity, no gasoline and long lines to go to the grocery. It looks like a post war scenario. Now we are dealing with the post hurricane problems. Well, I guess this is a new experience. Thank you again. Riccardo
On Sep 26, 2017, at 1:30 PM, James Mallet jmallet(at)oeb.harvard.edu wrote: Hi Riccardo, I just wanted to check that you guys are ok! How is the university after Maria? My very best wishes, Jim --