Dolichogenidea melaniamunozae Fernandez-Triana & Boudreault

Fernandez-Triana, Jose, Boudreault, Caroline, Dapkey, Tanya, Alex Smith, M., Hallwachs, Winnie & Janzen, Daniel, 2019, A revision of Dolichogenidea (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae) with the second mediotergite broadly rectangular from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica, ZooKeys 835, pp. 87-123: 87

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Dolichogenidea melaniamunozae Fernandez-Triana & Boudreault

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Dolichogenidea melaniamunozae Fernandez-Triana & Boudreault  sp. n. Figs 6 A–F; 15A, B


Female, Costa Rica, CNC.

Holotype voucher code.


Holotype locality.

Selva, 410 m, 10.92291 -85.31877, Sector Rincon Rain Forest, ACG, Alajuela province, Costa Rica.

Holotype verbatim labels.

COSTA RICA: Alajuela, ACG, / Sector Rincon Rain Forest, / Selva, 410 m, 05/21/2012 / 10.92291N, - 85.31877W, / DHJPAR0051857.


Six females ( CNC), either from the same holotype locality or the following five localities, all in ACG, Sector Rincon Rain Forest, Alajuela province: 1) Finca Hugo, 540m, 10.88068N, - 85.26968W; 2) Sendero Pila, 157 m, 10.93038N, - 85.25682W; 3) Jacobo, 461 m, 10.94076N, - 85.3177W; 4) Sendero Venado, 420m, 10.89678N, -85.27001W; 5) Estacion Llanura, 135 m, 10.93332N, - 85.25331W. Voucher codes: DHJPAR0039738, DHJPAR0049295, DHJPAR0049431, DHJPAR0049474, DHJPAR0050153, DHJPAR0051842.


This species can be recognized by its larger body size, fore wing L and ovipositor sheaths (as compared to all other described species in this group), and also because of its entirely black metatrochanter and metatrochantellus.


Body color: head and mesosoma black, metasoma black to dark brown; palpi, metatibial spines, tegula and most of humeral complex white-yellow; legs mostly orange-yellow, except for mesofemur and metafemur mostly to entirely dark brown or black, and apical 0.3 of metatibia and metatarsus dark brown to black; wing venation mostly white or transparent, except for fore wing veins R1, r, 2RS and 2M which are brown, pterostigma mostly brown but with small light spot at base. Anteromesoscutum mostly with setae and sculptured with punctures that do not fuse with each other; scutoscutellar sulcus relatively wide and with relatively deep crenulae; scutellar disc smooth and unsculptured, with isolated setae; propodeum mostly setose and with scattered punctures; propodeum areola partially defined on posterior half by longitudinal carinae, transverse carinae partially defined; T1 mostly smooth, with shallow and sparse punctures along lateral margins; T2+ smooth. Body Length: 4.80 (4.48-4.90). Fore wing L: 4.80 (4.72-4.80). Ovipositor sheaths L: 3.44 (3.00-3.44). F1 L: 0.39 (0.37-0.40). F2 L: 0.37 (0.36-0.37). F2 W: 0.12 (0.10-0.12). F3 L: 0.36 (0.34-0.37). F14 L: 0.20 (0.18-0.20). F14 W: 0.08 (0.07). F15 L: 0.13 (0.13-0.15). F16 L: 0.18 (0.15-0.17). Head height: 0.68 (0.67-0.69). Head width: 0.96 (0.92-0.96). Eye height: 0.48 (0.47-0.48). Malar distance: 0.10 (0.10-0.12). Mandible W: 0.12 (0.11-0.12). Ocular ocellar line: 0.17 (0.16-0.17). Posterior ocellar line: 0.15 (0.15-0.17). Lateral ocellar line: 0.08 (0.08). Scutellar disc L: 0.53 (0.51-0.52). Scutellar disc W at anterior margin: 0.42 (0.42-0.43). T1 L: 0.69 (0.72-0.82). T1 W at anterior margin: 0.28 (0.37-0.45). T1 W at posterior margin: 0.41 (0.40-0.43). T1 maximum width: 0.46 (0.45-0.48). T2 L: 0.26 (0.21-0.26). T2 W at anterior margin: 0.43 (0.41-0.46). T2 W at posterior margin: 0.63 (0.43-0.61). Metafemur L: 1.25 (1.26-1.31). Metafemur W: 0.38 (0.37-0.40). Metatibia L: 1.60 (1.54-1.68). Metatibial inner spur L: 0.42 (0.40-0.45). Metatibial outer spur L: 0.25 (0.24-0.26). Metatarsus first segment L: 0.98 (0.93-0.98). Pterostigma L: 0.88 (0.86-0.89). Pterostigma W: 0.25 (0.26-0.28). Fore wing vein R1 L: 1.08 (0.99-1.05). Fore wing vein r L: 0.36 (0.33-0.39). Fore wing vein 2RS L: 0.22 (0.22-0.26).


Reared from Cerconota recurvella  (Walker, 1864) ( Depressariidae  ). This is the only species of Dolichogenidea  known to parasitize that species of caterpillar in ACG, with 38 records out of 521 reared caterpillars of this species.


Costa Rica, ACG, Sector Rincon Rain Forest, 135-540 m. Rain forest ecosystem.

Molecular data.

This species is represented in BOLD by 35 sequences belonging to BINBOLD:AAB5701.


Dolichogenidea melaniamunozae  is dedicated to Melania Muñoz García of San Jose, Costa Rica, in recognition of her dedication to the CONAGEBIO team of biodiversity administrators and her enthusiasm for understanding GDFCF (Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund) and ACG efforts to do conservation through biodiversity development.