Prosaspicera orientalis Pujade-Villar, 2006

Ros-Farré, P. & Pujade-Villar, J., 2006, Revision of the genus Prosaspicera Kieffer, 1907 (Hym.: Figitidae: Aspicerinae), Zootaxa 1379 (1379), pp. 1-102 : 41-42

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Prosaspicera orientalis Pujade-Villar

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Prosaspicera orientalis Pujade-Villar n. sp.

( Figs 3f, 6b, d, 21a & 22a)

Type material: (1 ♂ & 17 ♀). HOLOTYPE female ( CNCI), 10/ 21-VIII-1989, Hokkaido, Sapporo , Jozankei 350 m, ( JAPAN), K. Maeto & M. Sharkey leg. , Mt . PARATYPES 9 ♀ ( CNCI), same label data than the Holotype; 2 ♀ ( CNCI), same label data than the Holotype but collected on 29-VIII/ 12-IX-1989; 3 ♀ ( UB), same label data than the Holotype but collected on 20/ 31-VII.1989; 1 ♀ ( UB), 27- VI / 5-VII-1989, Honshu , Iwate, Mt. Hayachine, 400 m, ( JAPAN); H. Makihara & M. Sharkey leg. ; 1 ♀ ( UB), 5-VII-1989, Hokkaido, Nukabira , 600m. Sweep. ( JAPAN), M. J. Sharkey leg. ; 1 ♂ ( UB), 1-VII-1989, Hokkaido, Tomakomai , Sweep on marsh grass & small oaks, M. J. Sharkey leg.

Diagnosis. Prosaspicera orientalis is characterized by having slightly prominent and with a protuberance behind them ( Fig. 6d), lateral surface of pronotum coriaceous and dorsal half with transverse carinae more or less conspicuous ( Fig. 22a), parascutal sulcus very wide, mesopleura very coarsely sculptured, scutellar disc (in lateral view) in same plane as basis of scutellar spine, which is short, and marginal pubescence of wing dense.

Description. Length. Females 2.8–4.0 mm.; male 3.1 mm.

Coloration. Entirely black except for tarsi and tibiae, which are dark brown. In some specimens legs are brown to yellowish. Antennomeres are dark brown in anterior part and light brown ventrally, entirely medium brown in males.

Head. Frons coriaceous, sometimes with carinae. Frontal carinae present. Lateral frontal carinae marked, area between them and eye with small transverse carinae. Occipital carina weakly angled behind dorsal 1/3 of eye. Gena very expanded, coriaceous with small transverse carinae and scattered setae. Vertex incised, coriaceous and with one or two oblique carinae centrally, in posterior part coriaceous and with a longitudinal carina on each side of median vertical groove, which is weakly coriaceous. Ocelli prominent and with a protuberance behind them. Occiput coriaceous, with one or two weak transverse carinae.

Antenna. FEMALE. Filiform. Antennal formula: 12(7): 4(6): 17(5): 16.5(5): 16(5): 15.5(5): 14(5): 13(5): 12(5): 12(5): 11(5): 11(5): 21(5). MALE. Filiform, F1 strongly curved. Antennal formula: 8(6.5): 4(5): 14(5): 13(5): 13(5): 15(5): 13.5(5): 13(5): 12.5(5): 11(4.5): 11(4.5): 11(4.5): 11(4.5): 16(4.5).

Mesosoma. Lateral surface of pronotum coriaceous, dorsal half with transverse carinae, sparsely pubescent. Subpronotal plate coriaceous, pubescent laterally, sparsely pubescent centrally. Mesoscuutm with scattered setae, coriaceous, sometimes with blunt transverse carinae. Antero-admedian lines prominent, reaching between 1/3 and 1/2 the length of mesoscutum, parallel. Median ridge prominent not divided before median mesoscutal furrow. Notauli rather narrow, coriaceous and usually with small carinae at margins. Median mesoscutal furrow coriaceous, in some specimens smooth centrally, anterior margin very conspicuous. Area between notauli and end of median mesoscutal furrow slightly prominent. Parascutal sulcus very wide, coriaceous, with scattered setae and continuing to anterior end of notauli. Mesopleura conspicuously coriaceous, at least, on anterior 1/2. Scutellum 1.20 to 1.50 times length of scutum, 1.10 in male. Scutellar foveae rounded, rather shallow, smooth and without posterior margin; interfoveal line and lateral carinae going on to last 1/3 of the spine. Scutellar disc and spine coriaceous, the spine has one or two long carina on each side of median carina. Scutellar disc, in lateral view, in same plane as basis of scutellar spine, which is almost straight in anterior part and slightly sloping towards apex on posterior 1/4 and reaches the basal vein of wing. Male scutellar spine is straight.

Wings. Wing membrane hyaline. Radial cell 2.00 to 2.55 times longer than wide. Marginal pubescence dense, starting on dorsal margin. R1 short, rather long in male. Rs straight but slightly curved dorsally, slightly curved in male.

Derivatio nominis. Refers to the distribution of the species in the Eastern Palaearctic.

Biology. Unknown.

Distribution. Eastern Palaearctic. Known from Japan.


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