Enicospilus, Stephens, 1835

Gadallah, Neveen S., Soliman, Ahmed M., Rousse, Pascal & Al Dhafer, Hathal M., 2017, The genus Enicospilus Stephens, 1835 (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Ophioninae) in Saudi Arabia, with twelve new species records and the description of five new species, European Journal of Taxonomy 365, pp. 1-69: 61

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Enicospilus   sp. 1

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B 18–20; F 13; AI 0.2; ICI 0.55; CI 0.4; SDI 1.2; NI 1.7; ML 0.4; CT 2.0; POL 0.6; OOL 0.1; FI 0.5; Fl1–2 1.5; Fl20 2.0.

Body reddish brown overall, with pale yellow on posterior border of eye, vertex and orbits (just above eye emargination), pterostigma of fore wing yellow, all wing veins black; mandible twisted, upper tooth distinctly 2.0 × as long as lower tooth, outer surface fringed with fine setae; clypeus convex in profile, ventral margin in-turned; face subquadrate, 1.1 × as high as wide, finely punctate, with spaces between punctures equal to puncture diameter or slightly more; occipital carina complete; gena constricted behind eye; ocelli enlarged; antenna with 52 flagellomeres; pronotum simple, unspecialized; mesopleuron densely finely punctate, somewhat coarser on metapleuron; epicnemial carina weak; postpectal carina complete; notauli indistinct; basal transverse carina of propodeum distinct, anterior area superficially finely punctate, posterior area areolate; proximal sclerite well sclerotized, central sclerite weakly sclerotized proximally; hind wing with 7 distal hamuli on R1; metasoma densely covered with pale fine and short setae.

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SAUDI ARABIA: 1 ♀, Raydah (Asir), light trap, 6 Jun. 2014, leg. Al Dhafer et al. ( KSMA).


This species is characterized by its dark colour and very strongly convex clypeus, which are uncommon features. Comparing with other Afrotropical species with an ill-defined central sclerite gives no results, meaning that it could be either an Oriental or Mediterranean species, so we add it here as Enicospilus   sp. awaiting collection of further specimens.


Saudi Arabia.