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Eupithecia is the largest genus of Geometrid moths, with well over 1400 current species, and more than 2200 available names. Although Eupithecia as a genus had been established by John Curtis in 1825, no species in the genus were described specifically from China until the last decade of the century. A limited number of species of wider distribution now known to occur in China had however been described earlier, initially from Europe, and later from areas contiguous with China, particularly the Himalayas, Japan and Siberia, by authors such as Achille Guénée, Eduard Friedrich von Eversmann and Hugo Christoph. Louis Beethoven Prout surveyed the existing knowledge of the genus in Asia in two volumes of Seitz's Macrolepidoptera of the World (Prout 1915 and 1938), but for the most part did not greatly change the taxonomy. There is no doubt that there are also more new species to be discovered.

Keywords:China; Eupithecia; Geometrid moths; taxonomy



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