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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Chloroclanis
Carcasson, 1968
Species: C. virescens
Binomial name
Chloroclanis virescens
(Butler, 1882)[1]
  • Pseudosmerinthus virescens Butler, 1882
  • Polyptychus olivolinea Joicey & Kaye, 1917
  • Polyptychus virescens ochracea Gehlen, 1951

Chloroclanis is a genus of moths in the Sphingidae family, containing one species, Chloroclanis virescens, which is known from forest from west Africa to Angola, the Congo, Uganda and western Kenya and Tanzania.[2]

The length of the forewings is 28–30 mm for males. Females are larger, longer winged, and the ground colour of both wings and body are a very dark olive, but the markings are as in the male. Males have rather bright greyish green forewings, head and thorax. The forewings are mottled with lighter grey green and faintly marked with numerous wavy transverse lines.


  • Chloroclanis virescens virescens
  • Chloroclanis virescens ochracea (Gehlen, 1951) (Central African Republic)
  • Chloroclanis virescens tanzanica Carcasson, 1968 (Tanzania)


  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  2. ^ "Revised Catalogue of the African Sphingidae (Lepidoptera) with Descriptions of the East African species" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2011-11-01.