Amerila lineolata (Kiriakoff)

37 lineolata.JPG (6483 Byte)

lineolata m 94-0013.GIF (6034 Byte)

Male. Fw length 20 mm; fw dorsally pale ivory-coloured, all veins finely lined with dark scales, a broader dark streak along the discal vein; all wings uniformly scaled, without any transparent area; hw pale yellowish brown, weakly scaled, the anterior margin white; fw ventrally white, the medial area yellowish brown. Head, thorax, and dorsal base of abdomen pale ivory-coloured; outer sides of femora, tibiae and basal tarsal segments white, inside of fore femora red, inner sides of mid and hind legs creamy yellow, tarsi yellowish brown; tegulae with a single weak black spot anteriorly extending posteriorly into a faded line. Abdomen dorsally pale yellow, ventrally white; in the membraneous area between segment VIII and the genital apparatus dorso-laterally on both sides with large androconial brushes of long, dark, hair-like scales.
Female. As male.
Male genitalia
lineolata a.GIF (2449 Byte) lineolata b.GIF (3871 Byte) lineolata c.GIF (1949 Byte) lineolata d.GIF (4488 Byte)
view on leftside of vinculum and valva, lateral view inner side of right valva tegumen/uncus, dorsal view aedeagus with vesica everted
Uncus short, triangular, with a blunt tip. Valvae small, oval-shaped, distally rounded, outer surface with long extrusible, hirsute, tube-like coremata; inner sclerotized process short, slender, smooth, and curved. Vesica distally with two straight, parallel cornuti of slightly unequal size, fused at their base.
Central Africa; southern Zaire; only known from Lubumbashi.
The female of this species is similar to A. androfusca, but considerably smaller. In the male genitalia, A. lineolata is also close to A. androfusca and agrees well with other African Amerila. Therefore, we see no reason to place this species in a separate genus as proposed in the original description by Kiriakoff (1954).
Gastrochrysia lineolata Kiriakoff, 1954: 187. Holotype female (examined): Elisabethville, 13.iv.1953; genitalia slide No. 61 [MRAC; abdomen dissected]. Type locality: ZAIRE: Lubumbashi.
Additional material examined. ZAIRE: Elisabethville [= Lubumbashi], 9.x.1958 (1 male, ZSSM).