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Type locality: Brazil, São Paulo, Santa Rita do Passa Quatro, Parque Estadual de Vassununga – Mata Praxedes, 21°40'56"S, 47°37'13"W, Semi-deciduous Atlantic forest.
Type specimens: Holotype, female, pinned. Original label: “Sta. Rita P. Quatro, SP, Brasil. Pq. Est. De Vassununga – Mata Praxedes – S21°40'56", W47°37'13" – 31.III.2006 – Armadilha Malaise – A.M.P. Dias col." DCBU / UFSCar, São Carlos.
Paratype (DCBU): 1 Male, Brazil, SP, Barueri, 6.XII.1966, K. Lenko col.
This species resembles the North American species Aleiodes politiceps and melanopodus Marsh and Shaw, 1999, both on body colour and the coarse sculpture on the metasoma, but it can be readily distinguished by the bright yellow spot on pterostigmal area of fore wing, as in flavistigma. In the key to North American species it will run to Aleiodes melanopterus, from which can be distinguished by the shorter ovipositor and smooth face sculpturing. It is also the only South American species without a black metasoma.
Female (Holotype). Body Length 10.8 mm, fore wing length 8.8 mm.
Head (Fig 5). Flagellum with 68 flagellomeres, F1 width 0.4 times its length, F15 0.8 times wider than long; malar space 0.3 times eye height, 0.8 times basal width of mandible; TW/EW 0.55; occipital carina not meeting hypostomal carina; oral opening width 1.26 times clypeo–antennal distance, OS/MS 2.5; OOD/OD 1.15; head entirely smooth; clypeus strongly protruding and margined by carina; maxillary palpus slightly swollen.
Mesosoma. Almost entirely smooth, pronotum sparsely rugose laterally; mesoscutum with short postero-median carina; notauli smooth, with some weak crenulae anteriorly; precoxal sulcus absent; epicnemial carina complete; propodeum smooth dorsally, carinate-rugose basally; median carina complete. Legs:tarsal claws pectinate; hind coxa dorsally smooth.Wings:dusky with yellow spot on pterostigmal area (Fig. 2); R1/R2 0.33; R1/recurrent vein 0.42; 1CUa/1cu–a 1.11; basella/mediella 0.39.
Metasoma(Fig. 14). T1 length/width 1.21; T2 length/width 0.76; T3 length/width 0.41; T1, T2 and basal half of T3 strongly costate; OL/HBTL 0.25; HTS/HBTL 0.25.
Colour (Fig. 2): Body entirely reddish brown, including scapus; antenna, ocelli, eyes, labial palpi, maxillary palpus segments 2–5 and ovipositor sheaths black; legs darkening apically from the tibia.
Male. Similar to female but face with some transverse rugositie; body length 11 mm; fore wing length 8.8 mm; flagellum with 63 flagellomeres.
The name of species refers to locality of collection of material for study.
Brazil, State of São Paulo.
- Shimbori, E; Penteado-Dias, A; 2011: Taxonomic contribution to the Aleiodes melanopterus (Erichson) species-group (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Rogadinae) from Brazil ZooKeys, 142: 15-25. doi