Heterospilus curtisi Marsh

Marsh, Paul M., Wild, Alexander L. & Whitfield, James B., 2013, The Doryctinae (Braconidae) of Costa Rica: genera and species of the tribe Heterospilini, ZooKeys 347, pp. 1-474: 58-60

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Heterospilus curtisi Marsh

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Heterospilus curtisi Marsh  sp. n. Figure 34


Body size: 3.5 mm. Color: head dark brown; scape brown, flagellomeres brown with apical 5-8 flagellomeres white; mesosoma dark brown, metasoma dark brown; wing veins including stigma brown; legs light yellow or white, at least coxae and trochanters white. Head: vertex transversely striate; frons transversely striate; face rugose; temple in dorsal view broad but sloping behind eye, width equal to 1/2 eye width; malar space greater than 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance 2-2.5 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 22-23 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes granulate; notauli smooth posteriorly, weakly scrobiculate anteriorly, meeting at scutellum in triangular costate area; scutellum granulate; prescutellar furrow with 5 cross carinae; mesopleuron granulate; precoxal sulcus weakly scrobiculate, shorter than mesopleuron; venter granulate; propodeum with basal median areas margined, rugose-granulate, basal median carina absent, areola distinctly margined, areolar area rugose, lateral areas entirely rugose, propodeum with small but distinct tubercle just above hind coxa. Wings: fore wing vein r shorter than vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R present, vein M+CU shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum longitudinally costate, length slightly greater than apical width; second tergum longitudinally costate; anterior transverse groove absent; posterior transverse groove absent; third tergum entirely smooth; terga 4-7 smooth; ovipositor equal to 1/2 length of metasoma.

Holotype female.

Top label (white, printed) - Costa Rica: Limon. ACLAC, 300m [;] Central Res. Biol. Hitoy Cerere [;] Est. Hitoy Cerere, Send. Bobocara [;] 8.x.1999, F. Umana, Red de Golpe [;] L.N. 184250-641800 #53498; second label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] curtisi [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


1 ♀, COSTA RICA: [;] Puntar. [;] Golfo Dulce, 3km [;] SW. Rincon, 10m [;] VI–VIII 1989, Hanson (ESUW). 1 ♀, Sirena, Osa Pen. [;] VII.77 Cos. Rica [;] D. H. Janzen (AEIC). 1 ♀, S.RosaPark,Guan, Guan. [;] C. Rica 4 Aug 77 [;] D.H. Janzen [;] Understory (AEIC).


The white coxae and white apical flagellomeres are distinctive for this species.


Named for the British entomologist, J. Curtis.