Heptascelio sicarius Johnson & Musetti

Johnson, Norman F., Masner, Lubomír, Musetti, Luciana, Noort, Simon Van, K, Rajmohana, Darling, Christopher & Polaszek, Antonia , 2008, Revision of world species of the genus Heptascelio Kieffer (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea, Platygastridae), Zootaxa 1776, pp. 1-51: 24-25

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Heptascelio sicarius Johnson & Musetti  , new species

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54. http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:specimen: 442015 F0-A 3 E 3-4767 -A 473 - 61 C0F 921 AF 8 B Description. Female body length: 4.0 mm (n= 1). Male body length: unknown. Body color of female: entirely dark, dark brown to black. Color of female antenna: A 1 brown, A 2 -A 5 yellow, A 6 -A 12 dark brown. Color of wing membrane: infuscate in apical two thirds, streak below submarginal vein strongly pigmented. Color of legs: entirely yellow. Body color of male: unknown. Color of male antenna: unknown.

Sculpture of occiput and posterior vertex: coarsely punctate. Sculpture of frons below ocellus in female: dorsoventrally striate. Shape of dorsal margin of frontal scrobe: evenly arcuate, weakly produced. Sculpture of frontal depression in female: entirely smooth. Sculpture of gena: coarsely punctate. Setation of gena: with short, uniform setae, without bristles. Shape of mandibles: normal length, crossed transversely below head when closed, tips overlapping.

Sculpture of dorsal pronotum: coarsely punctate. Notaulus: absent or obscured by coarse surface sculpture. Sculpture of mesoscutum in female: sparsely punctate, with broad smooth areas between punctures. Sculpture of mesoscutum in male: unknown. Parapsidal line: present, evanescent. Mesoscutellum shape: nearly parallel-sided, apex weakly excavate, with weak median longitudinal impression. Sculpture of female mesoscutellum: coarsely punctate. Mesoscutellar points of female: absent, scutellum with rounded lobes laterally. Sculpture of male mesoscutellum: unknown. Mesoscutellar points of male: unknown. Posterior surface of propodeum: longitudinally carinate with well-developed transverse striae, without distinct paramedian keel. Length of outer propodeal projection in female: elongate, extending near or beyond apex of T 1, distinctly longer than inner propodeal projection. Sculpture of propodeum between inner and outer propodeal projections: areolate rugose. Netrion shape: moderately wide, nearly parallel-sided, with two columns of large punctures. Netrion setation: glabrous. Sculpture of lateral pronotum posterior to epomial carina: with smooth field dorsally, elsewhere areolate rugose. Setation of posterior half of lateral pronotum: largely glabrous, setae limited to small patch near spiracle. Sculpture of mesopleural scrobe: smooth. Sculpture of lower mesepisternum: largely smooth, with 2-3 longitudinal lines of punctures. Sculpture of metapleuron: with smooth field medially, elsewhere coarsely punctate. Fore wing venation: well-developed, with R, r-rs clearly visible. Submarginal vein bristles: with dark bristles extending length of submarginal vein. Long dark bristles on legs: absent.

T 1 depression: glabrous or sparsely setose. Sublateral lamella on T 1: indicated as low carina. Sculpture of T 2 -T 4: longitudinally striate, with fine cross striae, punctures, smooth or finely punctulate transverse band apically. Setation of laterotergites: very sparsely setose. Sculpture of S 2, S 3 of female: irregularly longitudinally rugulose, apex of S 3 nearly smooth. Sculpture of S 2, S 3 of male: unknown. Distribution of felt fields: present on S 2 -S 3.

Diagnosis. Heptascelio sicarus  is most similar to H. teres  from which it may be distinguished by the elongate outer propodeal projection and the strongly developed transverse carinae on the propodeum.

Etymology. The epithet sicarius  , meaning one who murders with a sica or curved dagger, refers to elongate outer propodeal projections.

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Material Examined. Holotype female: MADAGASCAR: Prov. Fianarantsoa, PN Ranomafana, 21 °51.05'S 47 °24.43'E, radio tower, forest edge, 1130 m, 14-21.I. 2002, Harin’Hala, Malaise trap MA02- 0 9812, CASENT 2134081 (deposited in CASC). 57