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The newly discovered Jamaican butterfly, Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Jeff Gage

After earlier posts here and here on this blog about the natural beauty and the threats to it of Cockpit Country in Jamaica, now from ScienceDaily:

New Jamaica Butterfly Species Emphasizes Need for Biodiversity Research

(Dec. 3, 2012) — University of Florida scientists have co-authored a study describing a new Lepidoptera species found in Jamaica’s last remaining wilderness.

Belonging to the family of skipper butterflies, the new genus and species is the first butterfly discovered in Jamaica since 1995. Scientists hope the native butterfly will encourage conservation of the country’s last wilderness where it was discovered: the Cockpit Country. The study appearing in today’s Tropical Lepidoptera Research, a bi-annual print journal, underscores the need for further biodiversity research and establishing a baseline of organisms as more tropical areas suffer habitat destruction.

“My co-authors on this paper, Vaughn Turland and Delano Lewis, are really excited because they think…

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