Heptascelio castor Masner & Johnson

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: 13-14

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Heptascelio castor Masner & Johnson

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Heptascelio castor Masner & Johnson  , new species

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Description. Female body length: 4.0–4.8 mm (n= 18). Male body length: 4.2 mm (n= 1). Body color of female: entirely dark, dark brown to black. Color of female antenna: dark brown to black throughout, extremities of A 1, A 2 lighter in color. Color of wing membrane: with weak general brown infuscation, longitudinal dark streak below submarginal vein moderately developed. Color of legs: coxae dark brown, femora largely brown, legs otherwise brownish yellow. Body color of male: head and mesosoma black, metasoma dark brown. Color of male antenna: brown.

Sculpture of occiput and posterior vertex: coarsely punctate. Sculpture of frons below ocellus in female: areolate rugose. Shape of dorsal margin of frontal scrobe: evenly arcuate, weakly produced. Sculpture of fronhttp://atbi.biosci.ohio-state.edu/HymOnline/map-large.html?id= 223411 27. http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:specimen: 9 A 8 D 4 ABD-AC 2 D- 4 D 9 B-BAA 6 -BF 523 C 25637 C http://www.morphbank.net/?id= 224265

tal depression in female: transversely rugose throughout. Sculpture of gena: areolate rugose, with distinct dorsoventral tendency. Setation of gena: with short, uniform setae, with few short bristles interspersed. Shape of mandibles: normal length, crossed transversely below head when closed, tips overlapping.

Sculpture of dorsal pronotum: areolate rugose, with distinct longitudinal tendency. Notaulus: absent or obscured by coarse surface sculpture. Sculpture of mesoscutum in female: longitudinally strigose, with strong transverse sculpture in interspaces. Sculpture of mesoscutum in male: longitudinally strigose, with strong transverse sculpture in interspaces. Parapsidal line: absent. Mesoscutellum shape: nearly parallel-sided, apex weakly excavate, with weak median longitudinal impression. Sculpture of female mesoscutellum: areolate rugose. Scutellar points of female: forming short, acute teeth. Sculpture of male mesoscutellum: areolate rugose. Scutellar points of male: narrow, short, acute. Posterior surface of propodeum: with distinct straight longitudinal paramedian keel arising from apex of inner propodeal projection. Length of outer propodeal projection in female: moderately elongate, not reaching midpoint of length of T 1, subequal in length to inner propodeal projection. Sculpture of propodeum between inner and outer propodeal projections: largely smooth, with variably developed diagonal carinae. Netrion shape: moderately wide, nearly parallel-sided, weakly widened ventrally, with single column of large foveae. Netrion setation: densely setose. Sculpture of lateral pronotum posterior to epomial carina: coarsely rugulose throughout. Setation of posterior half of lateral pronotum: with numerous scattered setae, densest near spiracle. Sculpture of mesopleural scrobe: smooth. Sculpture of lower mesepisternum: rugulose to punctate. Sculpture of metapleuron: with smooth field in posteroventral quadrant, elsewhere areolate rugose. 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: moderately to densely setose. Sublateral lamella on T 1: distinctly raised more or less perpendicular to T 1. Sculpture of T 2 –T 4: longitudinally striate, with fine cross striae, punctures, smooth or finely punctulate transverse band apically. Setation of laterotergites: setose. Sculpture of S 2, S 3 of female: strongly longitudinally rugose. Sculpture of S 2, S 3 of male: Distribution of felt fields: present on S 2 –S 3.

Diagnosis. Most similar to specimens of Heptascelio hamatus  having the frontal depression entirely sculptured (as in Fig. 42). Heptascelio castor  may be distinguished by the well-developed and straight paramedial carinae on the propodeum and the striate sculpture between the medial and outer propodeal projections (Fig. 25).

Etymology. Named for one of the classical twins, because of its similarity to some specimens now placed in H. hamatus  .

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Material Examined. Holotype female: MALAYSIA: SE Sabah, nr. Danum Valley Field Centre, ~ 150 m, W0N0 / MT 5, 19.III– 19.IV. 1988, Malaise trap, C. van Achterberg & T. Burghouts, OSUCAbout OSUC 186273 (deposited in CNCIAbout CNCI) 30. Paratypes (1 male, 24 females): INDONESIA: 3 females, OSUCAbout OSUC 186278, 186279 ( CNCIAbout CNCI); OSUCAbout OSUC 210352 ( ROMEAbout ROME). MALAYSIA: 1 male, 21 females, OSUCAbout OSUC 202796 ( AEICAbout AEIC); OSUCAbout OSUC 207738–207742 ( BMNH); OSUCAbout OSUC 210296 ( BPBMAbout BPBM); OSUCAbout OSUC 186269–186273, 186274 – 186277, 209032, 209203–209207 ( CNCIAbout CNCI).


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