Amerila accra (Strand)
Male. Fw length 21-23 mm; fw dark brown with central area semi-transparent but largely suffused by brown scales, discal vein slightly darkened; hw pale ochre with a pinkish tint, well developed towards the apex and outer margin. Head, thorax, tibiae, tarsi, and outer sides of femora dark brown; ventral side of thorax and inner sides of femora pinkish red; tegulae with a single black spot basally. Abdomen dorsally pale brown suffused with pinkish red, ventrally dark ochre, without obvious androconial organs.
|view on leftside of vinculum and valva, lateral view||inner side of right valva||tegumen/uncus, dorsal view||aedeagus with vesica everted|
|Uncus almost completely absent, reduced to a narrow thickening of the tegumen. Valvae large, oval-shaped, distally tapering ventrally and rounded; outer surface without extrusible coremata; inner sclerotized process large, smooth and apically pointed, strongly bent at its base and slightly curved distally. Vesica distally with 15-20 long, slender, straight cornuti arranged along a longitudinal line.|
West Africa; Ghana
The type specimen of this taxon had already been cited as an undescribed subspecies of Rhodogastria metasarca by Hampson (1911: 412). Following its original placement, this taxon should be conspecific with A. fennia (= A. metasarca auct.), but the distinct ¢ genitalia clearly indicate species status. The taxon has recently been listed as an infrasubspecific name (Goodger & Watson, 1995: 4), but in the original description by Strand (l.c.) the name was evidently meant to denote a geographic form or subspecies.
Rhodogastria metasarca v. accra Strand, 1919: 376. Holotype male (examined): Accra / Crowley Bequest, 1901-78 / Rhodogastria metasarca var. accra , Holotype Strand, Hampson Subsp.I / Rhodogastria metasarca subsp. Type male Hmpsn. / Type / Arctiidae genitalia slide No. 4385 [BMNH; abdomen dissected]. Type locality: GHANA: Accra.
Additional material examined. GHANA: Sekondi (1 male, BMNH).