Genius of the Press VIII

Welcome to volume eight of the inconsistently reoccurring series, Genius of the Press.  I came across this article recently regarding an endemic Puerto Rican butterfly.  Who can tell me exactly why this report is misleading?  It may be a little trickier than the standard GOP (I suggest discarding any previously associated acronyms with those letters).  Hint, just telling me the butterfly in the picture is from Malaysia is not the answer I’m looking for!

5 comments to Genius of the Press VIII

  • The article’s title contradicts with the content. The habitat will receive the protected status, not the species.
    Is this the solution?

  • The review also could determine that protected status is not warranted – the report makes it seem as if protection is imminent.

  • You’re both right, but not quite the answer I’m looking for! This GOP is in line with the others I’ve done and is taxonomy related, just not as glaring (I actually didn’t realize it for a while).

  • “Harlequin butterfly family”? There is no such thing. The PR species (Atlantea tulita) is one of the brush-footed butterflies (family Nymphalidae), while the Malayan species shown (Paralaxita orphua) is a metalmark (family Riodinidae).

  • Bingo. I took for granted that I’ve seen similar Riodinidae in Costa Rica – figured it wasn’t a stretch that one was threatened on PR. I actually posted this link on a message board without looking any of it up to fact check – dawned on me days later to go back and find out more about the lep. Almost snuck by me…

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