Generating phenotypic variation: prospects from “evo-devo” research on Bicyclus anynana wing patterns

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  • Patrícia Beldade,

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    1. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-2525, USA
    2. Institute of Biology, University of Leiden, P.O. Box 9516, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
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  • Paul M. Brakefield,

    1. Institute of Biology, University of Leiden, P.O. Box 9516, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
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  • Anthony D. Long

    1. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-2525, USA
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Abstract

Summary Understanding the generation of phenotypic variation is an important challenge for modern evolutionary biology, and butterfly wing patterns are an exciting system that can shed some light on this issue. Here, we report on recent advances in the genetics of Bicyclus anynana butterflies. This system provides the potential for a fully integrated study of the evolutionary and developmental processes underlying diversity in morphology.

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