Heterospilus phytorius Marsh

Marsh, Paul M., Wild, Alexander L. & Whitfield, James B., 2013, The Doryctinae (Braconidae) of Costa Rica: genera and species of the tribe Heterospilini, ZooKeys 347, pp. 1-474: 265

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Heterospilus phytorius Marsh

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Heterospilus phytorius Marsh  sp. n. Figure 180


Body size: mm. Color: body dark brown, metasomal tergum 1 apically and 2 medially yellow; scape yellow with lateral longitudinal brown stripe, flagellum brown with apical white annulus, apical 5-7 flagellomeres brown; wing veins including stigma light brown; legs yellow. Head: vertex granulate; frons granulate; face granulate; temple in dorsal view broad but sloping behind eye, width equal to 1/2 eye width; malar space greater than 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance about 2.5 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 25-26 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes granulate; notauli scrobiculate, meeting at scutellum in triangular costate area; scutellum granulate; prescutellar furrow with 3-5 cross carinae; mesopleuron granulate; precoxal sulcus smooth, shorter than mesopleuron; venter granulate; propodeum with basal median areas not distinctly margined, granulate, basal median carina absent, areola not margined, areolar area areolate-rugose, lateral areas entirely rugose, propodeum with weak but distinct tubercle above hind coxa at base of petiole. Wings: fore wing vein r shorter than vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R absent, vein M+CU shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum longitudinally costate, length equal to apical width; second tergum longitudinally costate; anterior transverse groove present, straight; posterior transverse groove present; third tergum costate basally, granulate apically; terga 4-7 granulate; ovipositor equal to length of metasomal terga 1 and 2 combined.

Holotype female.

Top label (white, printed) - Costa Rica: Puntarenas [;] San Vito, Las Cruces [;] Wilson Botanical Gardens [;] 18-22.iii.1990, 1150m [;] J.S. Noyes; second label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] phytorius [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


3 ♀♀, same data as holotype (ESUW). 1 ♀, Costa Rica: Puntarenas [;] Golfo Dulce, 24km W. [;] Piedras Blancas, 200m [;] ii.1993, Paul Hanson (ESUW). 1 ♀, Sirena, Osa Pen. [;] VII. 77 Cos. Rica [;] D. H. Janzen (AEIC). 1 ♀, COSTA RICA: Punt- [;] arenas, 7km SW Rincon [;] 31. v– 7.vi.1998; B. Brown [;] & V. Berezovskiy; Mal. [;] Trp. #5; 2nd growth (AEIC).


The absence of hind wing vein SC+R, the granulate metasomal terga 4-7 and the small but distinct tubercle on the propodeum above the hind coxa are distinctive for this species.


The specific name is from the Greek pyhtorion, meaning nursery, in reference to the type series being collected in the Wilson Botanical Gardens in Puntarenas Province.