Chromoteleia curta Chen & Johnson

Chen, Hua-yan, Talamas, Elijah J., Valerio, Alejandro A., Masner, Lubomir & Johnson, Norman F., 2018, Revision of the World species of the genus Chromoteleia Ashmead (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae, Scelioninae), ZooKeys 778, pp. 1-95: 5

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Chromoteleia curta Chen & Johnson

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Chromoteleia curta Chen & Johnson  sp. n. Figures 82-87, 88-93, 239


Body length of female: 4.23-5.27 mm (n = 20). Body length of male: 4.10-5.13 mm (n = 20). Color of A1: yellow to orange. A6 in female: as wide as long. A5 in female: distinctly longer than wide. A6 in male: as long as wide. Number of basiconic sensilla on A7: 1. Number of basiconic sensilla on A12: 1. Sculpture of dorsal A1: punctate. Color of head: black. Sculpture of frons directly above interantennal process: punctate rugose. Central keel: present, interrupted medially. Ventral margin of clypeus: pointed. Granulate microsculpture of dorsal frons: absent. Occipital carina: interrupted medially. Granulate microsculpture of vertex: absent. Sculpture of occiput: smooth. Sculpture of gena: narrowly smooth ventrally, punctate rugose dorsally.

Color of mesosoma: variably orange to black. Sculpture of epicoxal lobe posterior of propleural epicoxal sulcus: densely punctate. Sculpture of lateral pronotal area above pronotal cervical sulcus: smooth dorsally, rugose ventrally. Sculpture of netrion: rugose. Microsculpture of mesoscutum: granulate. Macrosculpture of mesoscutal midlobe: punctate rugose anteriorly, sparsely punctate posteriorly. Macrosculpture of lateral lobe of mesoscutum: sparsely punctate. Sculpture of notaulus: foveate. Notaular foveae: interconnected. Median mesoscutal carina: present anteriorly, not extending to posterior margin of mesoscutum. Mesoscutellum in lateral view: flat. Sculpture of mesoscutellum: smooth medially, densely punctate laterally. Shape of metascutellum: trapezoidal with broad posterior margin. Median metascutellar carina: absent or indistinguishable from sculpture. Sculpture of metascutellum: rugose. Sculpture of lateral propodeal area: rugose. Mesopleural carina: present. Sculpture of mesepisternum below femoral depression: punctate throughout. Sculpture of dorsal metapleural area: rugose. Setation of dorsal metapleural area: absent. Setation of area directly dorsal to the metapleural triangle: present. Sculpture of ventral metapleural area: rugose throughout. Color of legs: orange yellow throughout. Length of hind basitarsus: distinctly longer than remaining segments combined. Sculpture of hind coxa: largely smooth, with sparse fine punctures.

Length of postmarginal vein: approximately as long as stigmal vein.

Color of metasoma in female: black. Horn on T1 in female: present. Striae of posterior margin of T1 in female: dense. Striae of T1 in male: sparse. Transverse sulcus on T2: present. Sculpture of T2: densely longitudinally striate, punctate rugulose in interstices. Sculpture of T6 in female: longitudinally punctate rugose. Length of T6 in female: approximately as long as wide. Shape of T6 in female in lateral view: flat. Apical spine on female T6: absent. Sculpture of T6 in male: densely longitudinally striate with fine punctures in interstices. Sculpture of T7 in male: granulate. Posterior margin of T7 in male: straight. Sculpture of medial S2: densely longitudinally striate with fine punctures in interstices.


This species is similar to C. parvitas  , but it can be distinguished by the combination of the following characters: A5 in female distinctly longer than wide, postmarginal vein approximately as long as stigmal vein, female T1 horn present.


The epithet is inspired by the Latin word for shortened, in reference to the short median mesoscutal carina, and is intended to be treated as an adjective.

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Material examined.

Holotype, female: BRAZIL: SP, Trilha da Anta, Base Barra Grande, YPT B0, Intervales State Park, 11. XII– 14.XII.2000, yellow pan trap, M. T. Tavares, OSUC185626 (deposited in MZSP). Paratypes: (22 females, 25 males) BRAZIL: 13 females, 19 males, OSUC202509 ( AEIC); OSUC578000, 583491, 586148, 586396 ( CNCI); OSUC126962, 129282, 147965, 148090, 148098, 148100, 149925, 149996, 150330, 150442, 185627, 263040, 66311, 79986 (MZSP); OSUC127095, 128181, 128644, 147683-147684, 147730, 148057, 148059, 148089, 149844, 149997, 185628, 79987 ( OSUC). MEXICO: 1 male, OSUC586432 ( CNCI). VENEZUELA: 9 females, 5 males, OSUC578014, 578016-578017, 584142 ( CNCI); OSUC251654, 251689, 376068, 376070-376071 ( MIZA); OSUC376069, 376072-376073, 376075, 381988 ( OSUC).


This species is extremely variable in mesosoma color and can be roughly divided into dark and light forms.