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A Brief Historical Account of an Endemic Swallowtail Butterfly First Collected a Century Ago on Goodenough Island (D'Entrecasteaux Group) in Papua New Guinea (2017)


Graphium weiskei goodenovii Rothschild, 1915 (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae) has been known for over a century only from two male specimens: one in the Natural History Museum, London; the other in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH). Endemic to Goodenough Island, in the D'Entrecasteaux group, Papua New Guinea, it was first collected on the summit of ‘Oiamadawa'a (Mount Madawaa, Mount Madara'a) in 1912 by New Zealand anthropologist Diamond Jenness. The second specimen, which became the holotype, was collected in mountains in the south of the island by Albert Stewart Meek, one of Walter, Lord Rothschild's most prolific collector/explorers for his museum at Tring in Hertfordshire. In each case, capture of specimens was sufficiently notable to be recorded contemporaneously by the captors. These data, and maps and photographs made by the collectors suggest that the butterfly was widespread at moderate to high elevations on Goodenough Island. The authors climbed ‘Oiamadawa'a in 2015 and collecte...

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Authors & Contributors
Sleigh, Charlotte
Oliveira, Ricardo Lourenço de
Conduru, Roberto
Straumann, Lukas
Amouroux, Rémy
Marinescu, Alexandru
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Health and History
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Noesis: Travaux du Comité Roumain d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences
University of Chicago Press
Louisiana State University Press
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
NewSouth Books
Natural history
Insect control
Collectors and collecting
Huxley, Aldous
Freud, Sigmund
Delves Broughton, L. R.
Caradja, Aristed
Blatchley, W. S. (Willis Stanley)
Martínez de la Escalera y Pérez de Rozas, Manuel
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
18th century
Papua New Guinea
Queensland (Australia)
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Brazil)
Mount Wilson Observatory

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