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Small emerald, Hemistola chrysoprasaria
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Geometrinae
Tribe: Hemitheini
Bruand, 1846

Several, see text

  • Chlorochromini Duponchel, 1845
  • Chlorochromites Duponchel, 1845
  • Comostolini Inoue, 1961
  • Hemistolini Inoue, 1961
  • Hemitheidae Bruand, 1846
  • Hemitheiti Bruand, 1846
  • Jodiini Inoue, 1961 (lapsus)
  • Jodini Inoue, 1961
  • Microloxiini Hausmann, 1996
  • Thalassodini Inoue, 1961
  • Thalerini Herbulot, 1963
(but see text)

Though small in absolute diversity of genera, the Hemitheini are nonetheless the largest tribes of geometer moths in the subfamily Geometrinae. Like most Geometrinae, they are small greenish "emerald moths". The tribe was first described by Charles Théophile Bruand d'Uzelle in 1846.

In some treatments the Comostolini, Hemistolini, Jodini, Microloxiini, Thalassodini and Thalerini are split off as independent tribes. But they are probably paraphyletic among themselves and with respect to the remaining Hemitheini.[2] Consequently, until more information is available they are included in the Hemitheini here.

In other systems,[3] the Geometrinae are defined in a more inclusive way; the Hemitheini are then ranked as a subtribe Hemitheiti.

Selected genera and species[edit]

A few Geometrinae genera are not yet assigned to a tribe with certainty; some of them might belong here too.[4]


  1. ^ Forum Herbulot (2008)
  2. ^ Holloway (1996), Beljaev (2007)
  3. ^ e.g. Holloway (1996)
  4. ^ See references in Savela (2007)


  • Beljaev, Eugene A. (2007): Taxonomic changes in the emerald moths (Lepidoptera: Geometridae, Geometrinae) of East Asia, with notes on the systematics and phylogeny of Hemitheini. Zootaxa 1584: 55–68. PDF abstract and first page text
  • Forum Herbulot (2008): Family group names in Geometridae. Retrieved 22 July 2008.
  • Holloway, J.D. (1996): The Moths of Borneo: Family Geometridae, Subfamilies Oenochrominae, Desmobathrinae and Geometrinae. Malayan Nature Journal 49(3/4): 147-326.
  • Savela, Markku (2007): Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and some other life forms: Geometrinae. Version of 2 February 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2008.