Amerila luteibarba (Hampson, 1901)

Przybyłowicz, Łukasz, Maicher, Vincent, László, Gyula M., Sáfián, Szabolcs & Tropek, Robert, 2019, Amerila (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae) of Cameroon with morphological remarks on male and female genitalia, Zootaxa 4674 (2), pp. 283-295 : 288

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Amerila luteibarba (Hampson, 1901)


Amerila luteibarba (Hampson, 1901) (Figs 7–8, 18–19, 26)

Material (7 specimens). 1♂ Mount Cameroon (SW slope), 27.xi.2016, Crater Lake (1500 m a.s.l.), N 4.1443°, E 9.0717° GoogleMaps , lgt. V. Maicher, Sz. Sáfián, Š. Janeček, R. Tropek; 1♂ as above but 23.xi.2014, Elephant camp (1850 m a.s.l.), N 4.1453°, E 9.0870° GoogleMaps ; 1♂ as above but 7.xi.2016, Mann’s Spring (2200 m a.s.l.), N 4.1428°, E 9.1226° GoogleMaps ; 1♂ as above but 9.xi.2016; 1♀ as above but 13.iv.2015, PlanteCam camp (1100 m a.s.l.), N 4.1175°, E 9.0709° GoogleMaps ; 1♂ as above but 14.iv.2015 (all above attracted by light); 1♂ as above but 30.xi.2014, Drink Gari camp (650 m a.s.l.), N 4.1014°, E 9.0610° GoogleMaps (bait-trapped).


One of the most widespread species of the genus, although restricted to the Guineo-Congolian forest zone. Known from Sierra Leone to west Kenya (Kakamega Forest) and northwest Tanzania. On Mount Cameroon, it was col- lected from 650 m a.s.l. up to the timberline ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 ).

Male genitalia (Figs 18–19)

Morphology of the studied specimen does not differ from those presented in Häuser & Boppré (1997).

Female genitalia (Fig. 26)

Papillae anales subsquare, terminally covered with sparse setae; a pair of minute but distinctive membranous lobes ventrally, anteriorly from oviduct; anterior apophyses moderate length, thick, “thorn” like; posterior apophyses narrower, twice as long as anterior apophyses, slightly flattened at apex; dorsal and ventral pheromone glands re- duced; sternum VIII sclerotized, posteriorly evenly emarginated, divided medially by the membranous longitudinal concavity; ostium bursae wide, membranous; ductus bursae very short, membranous; corpus bursae oval, membra- nous, densely plicate; signum in the form of weakly expressed, sclerotized zone in the laterodistal portion of corpus bursae, additionally a pair of weakly sclerotized, narrow, elongate, parallel structures located on the opposite wall of corpus bursae; ductus seminalis slender, with wide entering, originating at the middle of corpus bursae.













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