Though found throughout coastal Mangrove habitats in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean; peninsular Florida is the only place in the United States where this small active butterfly may be found. The larvae feed on the young leaves of Mangrove trees.
The walrus is a mammal in the order Carnivora. It is the sole surviving member of the family Odobenidae, one of three lineages in the suborder Pinnipedia along with true seals (Phocidae) and eared seals (Otariidae). While there has been some debate as to whether all three lineages are monophyletic, i.e. descended from a single ancestor, or diphyletic, recent genetic evidence suggests all three descended from a caniform ancestor most closely related to modern bears.
Recent multigene analysis indicates the odobenids and otariids diverged
from the phocids about 20–26 million years ago, while the odobenids and
the otariids separated 15–20 million years ago.
Odobenidae was once a highly diverse and widespread family, including
at least twenty species in the Imagotariinae, Dusignathinae and
The key distinguishing feature was the development of a squirt/suction
feeding mechanism; tusks are a later feature specific to Odobeninae, of
which the modern walrus is the last remaining species.