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Wed Nov 2, 2016, 10:13 PM

Magneuptychia pax: New butterfly name dedicated to the Colombian peace process

Magneuptychia pax: New butterfly name dedicated to the Colombian peace process

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (C) and Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2L) are shown a collection of natural history books at the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum on November 2, 2016 in London. The President of the Republic of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez de Santos are paying their first State Visit to the UK as official guests of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Jack Taylor / POOL / AFP.

By Lisa Hendry

LONDON.- Scientists have identified a distinctive new species of ringlet butterfly and named it Magneuptychia pax in recognition of the ongoing peace process in Colombia, where the butterfly lives

The species epithet pax means peace in Latin.

The butterfly was discovered by a team of experts from Colombia, Peru, USA and the UK, led by Dr Blanca Huertas, Senior Curator of butterflies at the Museum. Their findings are published in the scientific journal Conservación Colombiana.

The team announced the new species name on a day of significant talks between UK and Colombian delegations about biodiversity, sustainability and scientific collaboration, hosted by the Museum.

Dr Huertas says, 'The name of this butterfly, Magneuptychia pax, is dedicated to the peace process in Colombia and to every person affected by a conflict that has lasted more than five decades, including in the remote forests that this butterfly inhabits.


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