Systematics and biogeography by Claude Herbulot

Photographic Identification

The scale bar drawn on all pictures represents 1 cm.

Systematic List

Species found in: Guadeloupe (and dependencies). Martinique. Guadeloupe and Martinique.


Leptocnenopsis tatochorda Prout, 1916
Ametris nitocris (Cramer, 1780)


Nemoria rectilinea (Warren, 1906)
Phrudocentra centrifugaria impunctata (Warren, 1909)
Synchlora isolata (Warren, 1900)
Synchlora herbaria intacta (Warren, 1905)
Synchlora cupedinaria guadelupensis Herbulot, 1988
Synchlora frondaria Guenée, 1857
Oospila confundaria (Möschler, 1890)
Hydata insatisfacta Herbulot, 1988
Eueana simplaria Herbulot, 1986
Chloropteryx glauciptera (Hampson, 1895)


Semaeopus indignaria (Guenée, 1858)
Semaeopus caecaria distinctata (Warren, 1900)
Semaeopus subrubra dominicana Prout, 1918
Semaeopus vincentii luciae Prout, 1938
Anisodes ordinata rubrior Herbulot, 1988
Anisodes urcearia Guenée, 1858
Pleuroplucha molitaria guadelupa Herbulot, 1995
Scelolophia terminata fragmentata (Warren, 1904)
Acratodes praepeditaria (Möschler, 1890)
Acratodes noctuata Guenée, 1858
Scopula umbilicata (Fabricius, 1794)
Ptychamalia perlata nigricostata (Warren, 1907)
Tricentrogyna rubricosta (Hampson, 1895)
Tricentrogyna crocantha Herbulot, 1988
Lobocleta martinicensis Herbulot, 1985
Lobocleta tricuspida Herbulot, 1985
Lobocleta indecora Warren, 1900
Cyclophora nanaria (Walker, 1861)


Xanthorhoe picticolor Warren, 1900
Euphyia perturbata (Walker, 1862)
Disclisioprocta stellata (Guenée, 1857)
Pterocypha lezardata Herbulot, 1988
Obila defensata (Walker, 1862)
Psaliodes subochreofusa Herbulot, 1988
Eupithecia lecerfiata Herbulot, 1984
Eupithecia carribeana Herbulot, 1986
Eupithecia comes Herbulot, 1986
Eupithecia velutipennis Herbulot, 1986
Eupithecia acidalioides (Kaye, 1901)
Eois tegularia (Guenée, 1857)


Oenoptila nigrilineata venusta Warren, 1900
Cyclomia mopsaria Guenée, 1858
Macrosema immaculata (Warren, 1897)
Drepanodes ephyrata Guenée, 1857
Sericoptera mahometaria (Herrich-Schäffer, 1853)
Nepheloleuca politia (Cramer, 1777)
Nepheloleuca complicata (Guenée, 1857)
Oxydia lalanneorum Herbulot, 1985
Oxydia brevipecten Herbulot, 1985
Oxydia vesulia alternata (Warren, 1905)
Erosina hyberniata Guenée 1857
Pero astapa (Druce, 1892)
Pero lignata (Warren, 1897)
Pero rectisectaria (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855)
Sphacelodes brunneata Warren, 1907
Erastria decrepitaria (Hübner, 1823)
Semiothisa praelongata bruni Herbulot, 1985
Semiothisa everiata (Guenée, 1857)
Epimecis detexta detexta (Walker, 1860)
Epimecis detexta leduchatae Herbulot, in litt.
Melanolophia ludovici Herbulot, 1995
Melanolophia lalannei Herbulot, 1985
Melanolophia lalannae Herbulot, 1985
Melanolophia rufimontis Herbulot, 1986
Melanchroia chephise (Stoll, 1782)
Phrygionis dominica Prout, 1933
Phrygionis cruorata Warren, 1905


There is no catalogue dealing with the Geometridae of the Caribbean region, nor book to identify them.
All taxonomic and biogeographic data come from Mr. Claude Herbulot, who identified (and frequently described) the specimens from our records and from his own collection.
As a synthetic overview of the neotropical fauna is lacking in this family, we were not able to verify the validity of every taxa already published. Thus we present under the same header both synonyms and individual forms (or synonyms of subspecies). Furthermore, the distribution of known subspecies remains quite unclear, due to the lack of data (but the origin of type specimens is given).
As a general feature, the level of endemism is high, compared to other families, and many species remain to be discovered, as our survey of these small moths was not exhaustive.

Data on host-plants were found in the works of Dyar (1890-1925), Ferguson (1985, Geometridae in: Dominick et al, Moths of America north of Mexico) and Kimball (1965, Lepidoptera of Florida). The plant names correspond to species, or at least genera, found in the French Antilles, following the book by Fournet, J. 1978. Flore illustrée des phanérogames de Guadeloupe et Martinique, 1654 pp., INRA Paris.

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