Mississippi State University
Brown, Richard L.
Rawlins, John E.
Baker, Gerald T.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Entomology and Plant Pathology
Master of Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology
The Geometrinae, commonly known as emerald moths, are a diverse group of Lepidoptera with over 450 Neotropical species. However, Caribbean Geometrinae have received relatively little attention compared to the Geometrinae of mainland Central and South America. Using the method of Lee and Brown (2006), whole body mounts of descaled specimens of both Caribbean and mainland Neotropical Geometrinae were prepared. Morphological variation of exo- and endoskeletal characters among species, genera, and tribes of Neotropical Geometrinae is described. A faunistic study of Caribbean Geometrinae was also conducted using material from museums and private collections. The study includes definitions of species of Caribbean Geometrinae, descriptions of new species, and illustrations of adult imagos, genitalia, and other external characters. A key to the species of Caribbean Geometrinae is also provided.
Plotkin, David M., "Analysis of Morphology and Fauna of Geometrinae (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) of the Caribbean Region" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 647.