Gauldiana aspiringa Khalaim & Ward

Khalaim, Andrey I. & Ward, Darren F., 2018, Tersilochinae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from New Zealand. Part 1. Generic key and three new genera, Zootaxa 4425 (1), pp. 41-77: 70-71

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Gauldiana aspiringa Khalaim & Ward

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Gauldiana aspiringa Khalaim & Ward  , sp. nov.

( Figs 17 View Figure , 30 View Figure , 94–97 View Figure )

Comparison. The new species belongs to the group of three hard to discern species, and differs from two other species in this group, G. dubia  and G. postfurcalis  , mainly by the length of the ovipositor.

Description. Female. Body length 3.2 mm. Fore wing length 2.7 mm.

Head in dorsal view with gena about 0.9× as long as eye width. Clypeus lenticular, finely granulate, usually with a few scattered punctures in upper half ( Fig. 94 View Figure ). Flagellum weakly clavate, with 16 flagellomeres in all specimens ( Fig. 95 View Figure ). Mandible not twisted, with upper tooth much longer than lower tooth. Malar space 0.8–1.0× as long as basal mandibular width.

Notaulus absent or as very fine wrinkle. Propodeum with basal part as long as or slightly shorter than apical area ( Fig. 96 View Figure ). Apical area narrow, about 1.5× as long as maximally broad.

Fore wing ( Fig. 17 View Figure ) with vein R1 almost reaching apex of fore wing. Vein 2m-cu postfurcal. Hind wing with vein cu1&cu-a slightly reclivous.

First metasomal tergite slender, about 2.5× as long as posteriorly broad. Second tergite slightly elongate. Ovipositor apically somewhat stronger upcurved ( Fig. 97 View Figure ); sheath 1.7–2.0× as long as hind tibia.

Head, mesosoma and first tergite brownish black to black. Mandible (teeth reddish black), palpi and tegula yellow. Clypeus brown in upper half and yellow in lower half. Antenna dark brown to black, scape and pedicel sometimes pale brown ventrally. Legs brownish yellow; hind coxa brownish black; tarsi more or less infuscate; sometimes hind leg extensively darkened with brown. Metasoma behind first tergite dark brown.

Male. Unknown.

Etymology. Named from the type locality, Mt. Aspiring.

Material examined. Holotype. Female ( NZACAbout NZAC), New Zealand, OL, Mt Aspiring , NP Makarora, Nothofagus / Podocarpus, sweep, 25.I.1981, J.S. Noyes & E.W. Valentine. NZAC04036045View Materials. 

Paratypes. MB: 2 ♀ ( NZACAbout NZAC, ZISPAbout ZISP) Black Birch Ra , 4500 ft. (= 1370 m)  , 17.II.1970, A.C. Eyles. NN: 1 ♀ ( NZACAbout NZAC) Tahunanui   , 4.II.1927, E.S. Gourlay. SI: 1 ♀ ( NZACAbout NZAC) Stewart Island , Long Island, moor, Northern Knob, 200–600 ft. (= 60–185 m)  , 7.XI.1968. SL: 1 ♀ ( NZACAbout NZAC) Hedgehope summit, Hokonui Hills, 610 m, Malaise trap  , 10.II.1976, L.L. Deitz. 1 ♀ ( ZISPAbout ZISP) Owaka   , 15.I.1959, J.I. Townsend. Unknown: 1 ♀ ( NZACAbout NZAC) “ Arthur Parrot Collection donated June 1983 ”, “28/51”. 

Distribution. South Island: NN, MB, OL, SL. Stewart I.


New Zealand Arthropod Collection


Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences