A. vitrea ssp. saalmuelleri (Rothschild, 1911)
Male. Ground colour of fw, head, and thorax slightly more reddish ochre than in the nominate subspecies; hw discal vein broadly lined with dark greyish brown scales giving a distinctive lunule-shaped marking; otherwise as in the nominate subspecies.
Female. As male.
|Generally as in the nominate subspecies, but the shape of the valvae more rounded, and the cornuti on the vesica slightly longer.|
Madagascar and the Comoros Islands.
This taxon had been accepted as a separate species (Strand, 1919; Gaede, 1926) until de Toulgoet (1980) placed it as a subspecies of A. vitrea, a conclusion reached independently by Muller (1980: 153).
Rhodogastria saalmuelleri Rothschild, 1911: 235. Synonymized with A. vitrea by de Toulgoet (1980: 39). Lectotype male (here designated): Morondava, Madagascar. / Rothschild Bequest, B.M.1939-1. / Lectotype male, Rhodogastria saalmuelleri des. by S. Muller 1980 / Lecto-Type / Arctiidae Genitalia Slide VU no. 11.16 / Arctiidae genitalia slide No. 3050 [BMNH; abdomen dissected]. Type locality: MADAGASCAR: Morondava.
Additional material examined. MADAGASCAR: Diego Suarez, 16.-29.vii.1917 (3 males, 2 females, BMNH); 50 km SE Diego-Suarez, foret d'Analamerana, 80 m, 29.i.-3.ii.1959 (1 male, BMNH); Loucoube, 10.xii.1883 (1 male, SMFM); Majungga (1 female, SMFM); Mayotte, Convalescence, 300 m, ix.1958 (1 male, BMNH); Tulear Pr., Manombo s.l., 31.iii.1968 (1 female, BMNH). COMOROS ISLANDS: Grande Comore, Moroni, 7.viii.1988 (1 female, SMNS).