Prosaspicera inaudita Ros-Farré, 2006

Ros-Farré, P. & Pujade-Villar, J., 2006, Revision of the genus Prosaspicera Kieffer, 1907 (Hym.: Figitidae: Aspicerinae), Zootaxa 1379 (1379), pp. 1-102 : 34-36

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Prosaspicera inaudita Ros-Farré

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Prosaspicera inaudita Ros-Farré n. sp.

( Figs 21b & 22b)

Type material: (1 ♂ & 7 ♀). HOLOTYPE female ( CNCI), 27-V-1969, S. Crist. Las Casas , 7200 ft., Malaise trap, MEXICO . PARATYPES (1 ♂ & 6 ♀): MEXICO : 1 ♀ ( CNCI), 3/ 7- VI-1969, same type’s locality, Mt .; 1 ♀ ( UB) 3/ 7-VI-1969, same type’s locality, Mt .; 1 ♀

( CNCI), 1/ 3-VI-1969, same type’s locality, Mt.; 1 ♀ ( UB) , 20-V-1969, same type’s locality, Mt.; HONDURAS: 1 ♀ ( CNCI) , 30-V-1994, Cerro Montserrat., H. Howden col. Mt.; COSTA RICA: 1 ♂ ( UB) , VIII-1995, Cartago, 4km NE Cañon. Genesis II, 2300m., P. Hanson col.; 1 ♀ ( UCR) , IX-1996, Cartago, 4km NE Cañon. Genesis II, 2300m., P. Hanson col.

Diagnosis. Prosaspicera inaudita is very different to all other species according to the following characters ( Figs 21b & 22b): gena rounded and with strong transverse carinae; median mesoscutal furrow very weak, short; median ridge absent; notauli weakly impressed and entirely coriaceous; scutellar spine coriaceous; male with F1 very weakly excavated.

Description. Length. Females 2.2–2.8 mm.; male 2.4 mm.

Coloration. Head, mesosoma and metasoma black. Legs dark brown. Antenna dark to light brown.

Head. Frons coriaceous and with frontal carinae. Lateral frontal carinae conspicuous, area between them and eye coriaceous. Occipital carina rounded behind dorsal 1/3 of eye. Gena expanded, coriaceous with transverse carinae and glabrous. Vertex slightly incised and coriaceous, in posterior part strongly coriaceous with one longitudinal carina on each side of median vertical groove, which is weak and coriaceous. Ocelli slightly prominent. Occiput coriaceous.

Antenna. FEMALE. Filiform. Antennal formula: 5(3): 2(2): 6(2): 5(2): 6(2): 6(2): 6(2): 5.5(2): 5(2): 5(2): 5(2): 4.5(2): 9(2). MALE. Filiform, F1 weakly curved. Antennal formula: 5(3): 2(2): 6(1.5): 5.5(1.5): 6(1.5): 6(2): 6(2): 6(2): 5(2): 5(2): 5(2): 5(2): 5(2): 8(2).

Metasoma. Lateral surface of pronotum with short scattered setae, finely coriaceous, with few transverse carinae on dorsal half. Subpronotal plate coriaceous, pubescent laterally, glabrous centrally. Mesoscutum glabrous and slightly coriaceous. Anteroadmedian lines parallel, smooth and shining, almost reaching 1/3 length of mesoscutum; median ridge absent. Notauli widened in posterior part, coriaceous. Median mesoscutal furrow only weakly present basally. Area between notauli and end of median mesoscutal furrow weakly prominent. Parascutal sulcus wide, coriaceous glabrous and weak from tegulae to anterior end of notauli. Mesopleura coriaceous on anterior 1/5 smooth in posterior part. Scutellum 1.3 to 1.5 times length of scutum. Scutellar foveae rounded, rather shallow, smooth sometimes coriaceous in posterior part, interfoveal carina and lateral carinae weakly present on scutellum and anterior 1/2 of spine. Scutellar disc and spine coriaceous. In lateral view, scutellar disc in same plane as basis of scutellar spine, which is slightly sloping towards apex and reaches basal vein of wing.

Wings. Wing membrane brownish, wing pubescence not reduced. Radial cell 2.33 to 2.90 times longer than wide. Marginal pubescence very dense, starting near Rs and longer towards ventral margin of wing. R1 absent. Rs straight.

Derivatio nominis. Refers ot characters that make this species different from all other

Prosaspicera .

Biology. Unknown.

Distribution. Northern Neotropical. Known from Mexico, Honduras and Costa Rica.


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