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Subfamily Larentiinae Duponchel, 1845


The Australian Larentiinae were revised by Meyrick (1890) and by Turner (1904, 1907). Turner reviewed the subfamily again in 1922. A part of the subfamily was treated in Seitz's Macrolepidoptera of the World by L.B. Prout (1939) but this was never finished. The most recent list of the world fauna is in Scoble (1999) but the Australian species have not been reviewed since Turner (1922). Turner described many species subsequently and listed the Tasmanian species in Turner (1926b). Craw (1986, 1987) revised the New Zealand species of Notoreas Meyrick and Helastia Guenée and these have relevance to some some Australian groups. More recently Schmidt (2001, 2002, 2005) has revised the genera Anachloris Meyrick, Chaetolopha Warren, Parachaetolopha Schmidt and Scotocyma Turner in a series of papers.

This sub-family becomes increasingly dominant in the geometrid fauna with increasing latitude, and with increasing altitude in the tropics (Holloway 1998). Correspondingly, the Larentiinae are diverse in montane areas in temperate (Common 1990) and tropical areas of Australasia (Holloway 1987, 1997) with 2520 species described to date (Scoble 1999).


General References

Common, I.F.B. 1990. Moths of Australia. Carlton : Melbourne University Press vi+535 pp., 32 pls.

Craw, R.C. 1986. Review of the genus Notoreas (sensu auctorum) (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 13: 131-140

Craw, R. C. 1987. Review of the genus Helastia sensu stricto with descriptions of a new genus (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 14: 269-293

Holloway, J.D. 1987. Macrolepidoptera diversity in the Indo-Australian tropics: geographic, biotopic and taxonomic variations. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society of London 30: 325-341

Holloway, J.D. 1997. The moths of Borneo Part 10: Family Geometridae, subfamilies Sterrhinae and Larentiinae. Malayan Nature Journal 51: 1-242

Prout, L.B. 1939. Larentiinae. 239-292, 309-316, 349-356, pls 24-41 in Seitz, A. (ed.). The Macrolepidoptera of the World. 12. The Indoaustralian Geometridae. 2 vols. Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag 1-191, 309-316, 349-356 pp., 1-34, 36-41, 50 pls.

Schmidt, O. 2001. Australian species of Anachloris Meyrick (Lepidoptera : Geometridae : Larentiinae): taxonomy, musculature of the male genitalia and systematic position. Australian Journal of Entomology 40(3): 219-230

Schmidt, O. 2002. A revision of the genus Chaetolopha Warren (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae) with a description of Parachaetolopha, gen. nov. Invertebrate Systematics 16: 703-733

Schmidt, O. 2005. Revision of Scotocyma Turner (Lepdidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae). Australian Journal of Entomology 44: 257-278

Schmidt, O. 2013. The structure and musculature of male terminalia in the tribe Xanthorhoini Pierce and related tribes (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae), with particular reference to the Palaearctic and Australian regions. Zootaxa 3721(6): 552–572

Scoble, M.J. 1999. Geometrid Moths of the World; a Catalogue. Collingwood, Victoria, Australia : CSIRO Publishing.

Turner, A.J. 1904. Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Family Geometridae. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 16: 218-284

Turner, A.J. 1922. Australian Lepidoptera of the group Geometrites. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 46: 225-294


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
21-Feb-2022 GEOMETROIDEA 04-Dec-2021 MODIFIED Dr Cathy Byrne (TMAG) Di Moyle (TMAG)
21-Feb-2022 04-Nov-2013 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)