Prosaspicera dentata 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 : 31-32

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Prosaspicera dentata Pujade-Villar

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Prosaspicera dentata Pujade-Villar n. sp.

( Figs 27a & 28a)

Type material: (3 ♀). HOLOTYPE female ( MZUSP), X-1994, Mato Grosso, sinop ., BRAZIL, M. Alvarenga col. PARATYPES (2 ♀): BRAZIL: 1 ♀ ( UB), 28-VII-1940, Guaratiba , Aristoteles Silva col. ; VENEZUELA: 1 ♀ ( USNM), 21-XII-1944, Las Palmas 6 mi Pacora, A. W. Lindquist col.

Diagnosis. Prosaspicera dentata ( Fig. 27a) is similar to P. uniformis ( Fig. 27b); both have an effaced median ridge, and the anteroadmedian lines are very short and confluent, scutellar spine long and thick. P. dentata has a tooth in the mesoscutum ( Fig. 28a), while P. uniformis n. sp. does not ( Fig. 28b). Moreover, P. dentata has the frons coriaceous with

frontal carinae, the vertex deeply incised and the ocelly conspicuously prominent; mesoscutum coriaceous, notauli very wide, smooth and shining; parascutal sulcus quite narrow ending in front of the tegulae and marginal pubescence of wing absent.

Description. Length. Females 2.5–3.3 mm.; male unknown.

Coloration. Head black. Mesosoma ambarinus, posterior 1/3 of the scutellar spine darker. Metanotum dark to black. Scape and last antennomere brown, remaining segments lighter brown. Legs light brown, hindlegs brown to blackish brown.

Head. Frons coriaceous with conspicuous frontal carinae. Lateral frontal carinae prominent, area between them and eye coriaceous. Occipital carina sharply angled behind dorsal 1/3 of eye. Gena strongly expanded, glabrous, almost smooth and with 2 or 3 transverse carinae. Vertex deeply incised, coriaceous, in posterior part slightly coriaceous and with one longitudinal carina on each side of median vertical groove, which is smooth. Ocelli conspicuously prominent. Occiput smooth, delimited with one transverse carina.

Antenna. Filiform. Antennal formula: 5(2.8): 1.3(2.1): 7(1.5): 5.5(1.5): 5(1.5): 4.5(1.5): 4(1.9): 3.5(2): 3.5(2): 3.5(2): 3.5(2): 3(2): 7(2).

Mesosoma. Lateral surface of pronotum weakly coriaceous, very sparsely pubescent, with small transverse carinae on upper 1/3. Subpronotal plate coriaceous and with scattered setae on lateral areas. Mesoscutum with scattered setae, coriaceous. Anteroadmedian lines prominent, reaching 1/6 of scutum length, strongly confluent. Median ridge only present between antero-admedian lines. Notauli very wide, smooth and shining. Median mesoscutal furrow smooth and shining, very narrow, anterior margin raised as a tooth. Area between notauli and end of median mesoscutal furrow prominent. Parascutal sulcus quite narrow, weakly coriaceous and glabrous, ending in front of tegulae. Mesopleura slightly sculptured in anterior part. Scutellum 1.99 to 2.28 times length of scutum. Scutellar foveae longitudinally oval, deep smooth and shining, with posterior margin. Interfoveal line and lateral carinae going on to the last 1/2 of spine. Scutellar disc weakly coriaceous, spine weakly striated. Base of scutellar spine, in lateral view, at same plane as scutellar foveae, slightly upwards directed until middle and then downwards directed; almost reaching end of radial cell of wing or clearly reaching Rs.

Wings. Forewing membrane hyaline. Radial cell 1.95 to 2.39 times longer than wide. Marginal pubescence absent. R1 short. Rs almost straight to clearly curved.

Derivatio nominis. Refers to a prominent tooth at the end of the median mesoscutal furrow when seen laterally.

Biology. Unknown.

Distribution. Neotropical. Known from Brazil and Venezuela.


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