Ammophila kondarensis Danilov

Dаnilov, Yuriy N., 2018, Four new species of the digger wasp genus Ammophila W. Kirby, 1798 (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae) from Central Asia, Zootaxa 4457 (2), pp. 332-338: 333-335

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Ammophila kondarensis Danilov

sp. nov.

Ammophila kondarensis Danilov  , sp. nov.

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Diagnosis. Ammophila kondarensis  has the metasomal apex with blue reflexes, the propodeal enclosure glabrous laterally, and no supra-antennal lamellate projection. Both sexes closely resemble A. formosensis Tsuneki, 1971  in having the metasomal apex with blue reflexes, pale erect setae, and in extension of appressed silvery setae of mesopleuron, but differ by the absence of the supra-antennal lamellate projection and in having the propodeal enclosure glabrous laterally (projection present in A. formosensis  , and the propodeal enclosure all covered with erect setae). The female of the new species differs in having the petiole reddish ( Ammophila formosensis  has the petiole black), and the male differs in having the pronotum and scutum covered with appressed silvery setae moderately concealing the integument (appressed silvery setae of pronotum and scutum absent in A. formosensis  ).

Description. Clypeus, subantennal sclerite, paraocular area, and gena with appressed silvery setae. Vertex and occiput shiny, with scattered punctures. Erect setae pale. Supra-antennal lamellate projection absent. Mandible and palpi black. Pronotal collar slightly emarginated medially. Propodeal enclosure with pale erect setae and appressed silvery setae along midline, glabrous, shiny, and obliquely rugose laterally. Erect setae pale. Tegula black. Wings slightly smoked; veins dark brown to black. Legs black. Claws without teeth. Spines of legs black.

Male. Body length 18–23 mm. Head. Clypeus not elongate ( Fig 15View FIGURES 10–17). Mesosoma  ( Figs 14, 16View FIGURES 10–17). Pronotal collar, pronotal lobe, scutum anteriorly, mesopleuron, metapleuron, and propodeum with dense appressed silvery setae moderately concealing integument. Scutum with spot of dense appressed silvery setae concealing integument posterolaterally. Metasoma. T1-T2 laterally, anterior ½ or ¼ of T3, S2-S3 red; petiole, dorsal stripe on T1-T2, posterior part of T3, T4-T7, and S4-S7 black with blue reflexes. Penis valve: Fig 17View FIGURES 10–17.

Female. Body length 20–26 mm. Head. Clypeus flattened, punctate ( Fig 11View FIGURES 10–17). Mesosoma  ( Figs 10, 12, 13View FIGURES 10–17). Pronotum shiny, finely punctatorugose, with fine appressed silvery setae not concealing integument. Pronotal lobe with dense appressed silvery setae. Scutum shiny, transversely coarsely rugose and punctate, with fine, sparse appressed silvery setae laterally, and with spot of dense appressed silvery setae moderately concealing integument posterolaterally. Scutellum punctate anteriorly, longitudinally rugose posteriorly. Mesopleuron, metapleuron and propodeum punctatorugose with sparse appressed silvery setae anteriorly and with dense appressed silvery setae posteriorly. Metasoma. T1-T3, T4 laterally, S1-S4 and petiole red ( Fig 13View FIGURES 10–17); T5-T6, S5-S6 black with blue reflexes.

Material examined: Holotype. ♀, TАJIKISTАN  . Varzob district , Kondara valley near Varzob in the Hissar Range [38°48′N 68°48′E], h= 1100 m, 20.VI.1938, V. V. Gussakovskij ( ZISPAbout ZISP). Paratypes. TАJIKISTАNGoogleMaps  . Same data as holotype, 26.VI.1937, (1 ♀, ZISPAbout ZISP); Same data, 12.IX.1937, (1 ♂, ZISPAbout ZISP); Same data, 11.VII.1938, (1 ♂, ZISPAbout ZISP); Same data, 26.VII.1940, (1 ♂, ZISPAbout ZISP); Same locality, 7.IX.1946, V. V. Popov (1 ♀, ZISPAbout ZISP). 

Distribution: Tajikistan.

Name Derivation. Named after Kondara, a locality in the Hissar Range of the Fann Mountains (in the Pamir- Аlay mountain system), where the type series was collected.


Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences