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This tribe is often associated (e.g. Hampson, 1913) with the Ophiusini, given the general size and appearance of the type genus, Phyllodes Boisduval, the spining of the tibia of every leg and the flash coloration of the hindwings coupled with cryptic, leaf-mimicking forewing facies. However, these features except for tibial spining are also shared with the Calpini, especially Eudocima Billberg, and there are several biological similarities, including host-plant specialism, that the Phyllodini share with Eudocima (see below): presence of ocellate marks at the anterior of the larva; method of pupation; shape of the pupa (Bell, MS); Menispermaceae as the principal larval host plant family. Features of the male and female abdomen, particularly the ‘framed corematous’ type of male eighth segment and of the juxta seen in the former, and the relatively unmodified seventh segment of the latter, suggest that the group may be more closely related to Calpini.

In addition to the type genus, the tribe probably includes the mainland Oriental genera
Xylophylla Hampson and Oporophylla Hampson, the African genera Lobophyllodes Hampson and Miniodes Guenée and Miniophyllodes Joannis from Madagascar (see also Berio (1959)). Lobophyllodes has a calpine forewing shape and bipectinate male antennae.

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