Amerila madagascariensis (Boisduval)

Male. Fw length 31-33 mm; fw pale orange ochre, with the central area transparent almost from the base to the postdiscal region, sharply bordered towards the outer margin; fw veins dark, discal vein broadly lined with pale brown scales; hw pinkish red, weakly scaled and almost transparent, more densely scaled towards the anal margin. Head, thorax and outer sides of femora pale ochre with a pinkish-orange tint, inner sides of femora and distal parts of all legs red; tegulae with a single black spot basally. Abdomen dorsally bright pinkish red, ventrally greyish white, without obvious androconial organs.
Female. As male.

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Male genitalia
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view on leftside of vinculum and valva, lateral view inner side of right valva tegumen/uncus, dorsal view aedeagus with vesica everted
Uncus short, broad triangular, and distally pointed. Valvae large, posteriorly square-shaped, and distally rounded; outer surface without extrusible coremata; inner sclerotized process short and smooth, bent at a right angle near its base, distally straight, and apically pointed with a small hook. Vesica distally with two strong, parallel, slightly curved cornuti of unequal length fused at their base.
Confined to Madagascar.
A. madagascariensis was synonymized erroneously by Hampson (1901: 504) with A. astreus (Drury, 1773), a species from India, but subsequently he accepted madagascariensis as a separate species (Hampson 1920: 524). Despite the fact that the types of A. madagascariensis and A. radama could not be examined, the identity of the taxa listed above appears well established from the original descriptions. A. madagascariensis is generally similar to A. bauri from South Africa, but easily distinguished both externally and from the male genitalia.
Chelonia madagascariensis Boisduval, 1847: 598. Syntypes [current depository unknown, possibly lost]. Type locality: SOUTH AFRICA: "Baie de Port-Natal" [most probably erroneous].
Aganais vitripennis Blanchard, 1849: pl. 13. Synonymized by Hampson (1920: 524). Syntypes [current depository unknown, possibly lost]. Type locality: MADAGASCAR.
Amblythyris radama
Mabille, 1879: 137. Synonymized by Kirby (1892: 194). Lectotype female (designated by Viette & Fletcher 1968: 406; examined): Mab. / Rhadama Bd madagascaar / Ex Musaeo Dris. Boisduval; Ex Oberthür Coll., Brit.Mus. 1927-3. / Amblythyris radama Mabille Lectotype female, D.S.Fletcher sel. 1966. / Lecto-Type [BMNH]. Type locality: MADAGASCAR.
Additional material examined. MADAGASCAR: Diego Suarez, 3.v.1917 (1 female, BMNH), 12.vii.-25.viii.1917 (3 males, 3 females, BMNH); Miarinarivo (1 male, 1 female, BMNH); Ambrosita (1 male, BMNH); Tananarive (1 female, BMNH); Flanarantsoa, Ambodi Kimba, 1000 m, 1934 (1 male, SMFM); R.N.7, 64 km E Tuléar, Foret d'Andranovary, 500 m, 15.-21.i.1969 (1 male, MB).