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The species in this neotropical genus are remarkable Batesian mimics of various nymphalid models, especially ithomiines, and indeed, it was the convergent similarity between them and the ithomiines that led H. W. Bates to fomulate his theory of mimetic resemblance (1862).


Plate from Bates (1862) illustrating Batesian mimicry between Dismorphia species (top row, third row) and various Ithomiini (Nymphalidae) (second row, bottom row)

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