Gonatopus varipes Brues, 1906

Olmi, Massimo, Copeland, Robert S. & Noort, Simon Van, 2019, Dryinidae of the Afrotropical region (Hymenoptera, Chrysidoidea), Zootaxa 4630 (1), pp. 1-619: 476-477

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Gonatopus varipes Brues, 1906


54. Gonatopus varipes Brues, 1906 

( Figs 200View FIGURE 200 EView FIGURE 200, 201View FIGURE 201 E, FView FIGURE 201, 202View FIGURE 202 A–C)

Gonatopus varipes Brues 1906: 106  ; Olmi 1994a: 69; 1998c: 63; 2004a. 368; 2006: 48; 2009b: 460.

Tetrodontochelys varipes (Brues)  : Olmi 1984: 1459.

Description. ♀. Apterous; body length 2.3–2.9 mm. Head yellow-reddish, occasionally with vertex darkened; an- tenna yellow-reddish, occasionally with antennomeres 4–10 darkened; pronotum black, except lateral regions reddish (in specimen from Gambia, Perai Memadi, prothorax completely testaceous); rest of mesosoma black or brown (in specimen from Gambia, Perai Memadi, mesoscutum and mesoscutellum testaceous, metapectal-propodeal disc brown, except anterior surface and metanotum testaceous); metasoma brown; legs yellow, occasionally except clubs of femora and meso- and metacoxa brown. Head ( Fig. 202AView FIGURE 202) excavated and shiny, with occiput granulate. Palpal formula 4/2. Pronotum shiny, granulate, not crossed by transverse impression or very slightly impressed ( Fig. 202CView FIGURE 202). Mesoscutum without lateral pointed apophyses ( Fig. 202BView FIGURE 202). Mesoscutum, mesoscutellum and metapectal-propodeal disc dull, granulate; propodeal declivity transversely striate. Mesopleuron and metapleuron not transversely striate. Meso-metapleural suture obsolete. Protarsomeres in following proportions: 9:2:3:10:15. Enlarged claw ( Figs 201E, FView FIGURE 201) with one small subapical tooth and few peg-like setae or bristles. Protarsomere 5 ( Figs 201E, FView FIGURE 201) with inner proximal serrate region and one row of approximately 26 lamellae, or 2 rows of 2 (proximal) + 22 lamellae; apex with 6–8 lamellae. Tibial spurs 1/0/1.

♂. Fully winged; body length 1.6–1.9 mm. Head black, except mandible testaceous; antenna brown; mesosoma and metasoma black; legs brown, except articulations, proximal extremities of tibiae and tarsi whitish. Antenna filiform, with antennomere 3 less than 3 × as long as broad (4.5:2); antennomeres in following proportions: 4:4:4.5: 4.5:4.5:4.5:4:4:4:5.5. Head dull, granulate; frontal line absent; occipital carina absent; POL = 7; OL = 3; OOL = 2.5; vertex with smooth ovoidal shiny area situated between eyes and lateral ocelli (area surrounded anteriorly by strong prominent process). Palpal formula 4/2. Mesoscutum dull, granulate. Notauli incomplete, reaching approximately 0.25 × length of mesoscutum. Mesoscutellum and metanotum shiny, setose, unsculptured. Metapectal-propodeal disc shiny, unsculptured, with anterior half granulate, median longitudinal furrow and two short longitudinal keels on sides of furrow; propodeal declivity unsculptured. Forewing hyaline, without dark transverse bands; 2R1 cell open; distal part of 2r-rs&Rs vein longer than proximal part. Dorsal process of paramere ( Fig. 200EView FIGURE 200) short and with apex rounded. Tibial spurs 1/1/2.

Material examined. Type: ♀ holotype: ZIMBABWE: Eastern Mashonaland, Harare (= Salisbury ), G.A.K. Marshall leg. ( MCPM)  . Other material: BOTSWANA: Gaborone, 3.II.1980  , 1♀ ( CNC). GAMBIA: Wuli District , Perai Memadi  , 1♀ ( ZIL). MOZAMBIQUE: Maputo Prov., Maputo Bay, Inhaca Island , M. Olmi leg.  , 1♀ ( AMNH); Maputo Prov., 22 km N of Maputo , M. Olmi leg.  , 1♀ ( AMNH); Maputo Prov., 6 km N of Palmeira along the road Maputo-Xai Xai, C. 24.VIII.1996, M. Olmi leg.  , 1♀ ( AMNH); Niassa, Cuamba, Campus of the Catholic University of Mozambique , 10.IV.2002, M. Olmi leg.  , 1♀ ( MOLC); Niassa, Cuamba, Farm of the Catholic University of Mo- zambique, 18.II.2005, M. Olmi leg.  , 1♀ ( MOLC). SOUTH AFRICA: Gauteng, Pretoria District, Soutpan , 25°24’S 28°06’E, 21.III.1990, N.C. Pienaar leg.GoogleMaps  , 2♀♀ ( SANC); KwaZulu-Natal, Umkomaas Game Ranch  , 1♀ ( AEIC)  .

Hosts. In Mozambique, unidentified Cicadellidae  ( Olmi 1994a).

Distribution. Botswana, Gambia, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe.


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Gonatopus varipes Brues, 1906

Olmi, Massimo, Copeland, Robert S. & Noort, Simon Van 2019

Gonatopus varipes

Olmi, M. 1998: 63
Olmi, M. 1994: 69
Brues, C. T. 1906: 106

Tetrodontochelys varipes

Olmi, M. 1984: 1459