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Apanteles tiboshartae Fernández-Triana sp. n. – Wikispecies link – ZooBank link – Pensoft Profile
COSTA RICA, Guanacaste, ACG, Sector San Cristobal, Tajo Angeles, 540m, 10.86472, -85.41531.
♀ in CNC. Specimen labels: 1. Voucher: D.H.Janzen & W.Hallwachs, DB: http://janzen.sas.upenn.edu, Area de Conservación Guanacaste, COSTA RICA, 09-SRNP-5496. 2. DHJPAR0038226.
8 ♀, 2 ♂ (CNC, NMNH, BMNH). COSTA RICA, ACG database codes: DHJPAR0025764, DHJPAR0038228, DHJPAR0038230, DHJPAR0038252, DHJPAR0038257, DHJPAR0039743, DHJPAR0038347, DHJPAR0039058, DHJPAR0039747, DHJPAR0039778.
Female. Body color: body mostly dark except for some sternites which may be pale. Antenna color: scape, pedicel, and flagellum dark. Coxae color (pro-, meso-, metacoxa): dark, dark, dark. Femora color (pro-, meso-, metafemur): pale, anteriorly dark/posteriorly pale, mostly dark but anterior 0.2 or less pale. Tibiae color (pro-, meso-, metatibia): pale, pale, anteriorly pale/posteriorly dark. Tegula and humeral complex color: both pale. Pterostigma color: dark. Fore wing veins color: mostly dark (a few veins may be unpigmented). Antenna length/body length: antenna about as long as body (head to apex of metasoma); if slightly shorter, at least extending beyond anterior 0.7 metasoma length. Body in lateral view: not distinctly flattened dorso–ventrally. Body length (head to apex of metasoma): 3.5–3.6 mm, 3.7–3.8 mm or 3.9–4.0 mm. Fore wing length: 3.3–3.4 mm, 3.5–3.6 mm or 3.7–3.8 mm. Ocular–ocellar line/posterior ocellus diameter: 2.0–2.2. Interocellar distance/posterior ocellus diameter: 1.7–1.9. Antennal flagellomerus 2 length/width: 2.6–2.8. Antennal flagellomerus 14 length/width: 1.1–1.3. Length of flagellomerus 2/length of flagellomerus 14: 2.3–2.5. Tarsal claws: with two basal spine–like setae. Metafemur length/width: 3.0–3.1. Metatibia inner spur length/metabasitarsus length: 0.6–0.7. Anteromesoscutum: mostly with deep, dense punctures (separated by less than 2.0 × its maximum diameter). Mesoscutellar disc: mostly smooth. Number of pits in scutoscutellar sulcus: 9 or 10. Maximum height of mesoscutellum lunules/maximum height of lateral face of mesoscutellum: 0.4–0.5. Propodeum areola: completely defined by carinae, including transverse carina extending to spiracle. Propodeum background sculpture: mostly sculptured. Mediotergite 1 length/width at posterior margin: 2.0–2.2. Mediotergite 1 shape: mostly parallel–sided for 0.5–0.7 of its length, then narrowing posteriorly so mediotergite anterior width >1.1 × posterior width. Mediotergite 1 sculpture: mostly sculptured, excavated area centrally with transverse striation inside and/or a polished knob centrally on posterior margin of mediotergite. Mediotergite 2 width at posterior margin/length: 1.5 or less. Mediotergite 2 sculpture: mostly smooth. Outer margin of hypopygium: with a wide, medially folded, transparent, semi–desclerotized area; usually with 4 or more pleats. Ovipositor thickness: about same width throughout its length. Ovipositor sheaths length/metatibial length: 1.6–1.7 or 1.8–1.9. Length of fore wing veins r/2RS: 1.1–1.3. Length of fore wing veins 2RS/2M: 1.4–1.6. Length of fore wing veins 2M/(RS+M)b: 0.7–0.8. Pterostigma length/width: 3.6 or more. Point of insertion of vein r in pterostigma: clearly beyond half way point length of pterostigma. Angle of vein r with fore wing anterior margin: clearly outwards, inclined towards fore wing apex. Shape of junction of veins r and 2RS in fore wing: distinctly but not strongly angled.
Male. Similar to female, except for mediotergite 2 much less quadrate (i.e., much more transverse).
Sequences in BOLD: 24, barcode compliant sequences: 24.
Solitary (Fig. 242). Hosts: Elachistidae, at least 12 species of Antaeotricha, two species of Stenoma.
Costa Rica, ACG.
We dedicate this species to Ti Boshart in recognition of her diligent efforts for the ACG administration and Programa de Ecoturismo.
- Fernández-Triana, J; Whitfield, J; Rodriguez, J; Smith, M; Janzen, D; Hallwachs, W; Hajibabaei, M; Burns, J; Solis, M; Brown, J; Cardinal, S; Goulet, H; Hebert, P; 2014: Review of Apanteles sensu stricto (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae) from Area de Conservación Guanacaste, northwestern Costa Rica, with keys to all described species from Mesoamerica ZooKeys, 383: 1-565. doi