Prasmodon bobpoolei Fernandez-Triana & Whitfield, 2014

Fernandez-Triana, Jose L., Whitfield, James B., Smith, M. Alex, Braet, Yves, Hallwachs, Winnie & Janzen, Daniel H., 2014, Review of the Neotropical genus Prasmodon (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae), with emphasis on species from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, northwestern Costa Rica, Journal of Hymenoptera Research 37, pp. 1-52 : 12-14

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Prasmodon bobpoolei Fernandez-Triana & Whitfield

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Prasmodon bobpoolei Fernandez-Triana & Whitfield sp. n. Figs 13-18 View Figures 13–18 , 99 View Figure 98–99

Type locality.

COSTA RICA, ACG, Alajuela, Province, Sector Rincon Rain Forest, Montanya Figueres, 460m, 10.88367, -85.29081.


♀ in CNC. Specimen labels: 1. DHJPAR0045302. 2. Voucher: D.H.Janzen & W.Hallwachs, DB:, Area de Conservación Guanacaste, COSTA RICA, 11-SRNP-42719.


4 ♀, 2 ♂ (CNC, NMNH). COSTA RICA, ACG database codes: DHJPAR0038211, DHJPAR0038246, DHJPAR0039997, DHJPAR0040003, DHJPAR0040005, DHJPAR0045165.


Female. Body length 4.1-4.2 mm, 4.3-4.4 mm, rarely 4.5-4.6 mm. Fore wing length 4.5-4.6 mm, rarely 4.7-4.8 mm. Body color: meso- and metasoma entirely yellow-orange (with the exception of a very small black spot on axillar complex). Scape color: partially dark brown to black ( Figs 17, 18 View Figures 13–18 ). Flagellomeres color: most flagellomeres brown to black, except for small apical area (F15-16, and occasionally apical half of F14) which is yellow-brown ( Fig. 13 View Figures 13–18 ). Tegula and humeral complex color: tegula pale, humeral complex partially dark/partialy pale. Mesotibia color: posterior 0.1-0.2 dark brown to black. Metatibia color: posterior 0.1-0.3 dark brown to black ( Fig. 15 View Figures 13–18 ). Metatibia spurs color: yellow-orange ( Fig. 15 View Figures 13–18 ). Metatarsus color: entirely yellow-white. Fore wing color pattern: uniformly and entirely infumate (except for small hyaline area near veins (RS+M)b and 2M). Fore wing veins color: all veins dark brown ( Fig. 14 View Figures 13–18 ). Pterostigma color: entirely dark brown. Hypostomal carina: not raised ( Fig. 16 View Figures 13–18 ). Scutoscutellar sulcus: with 5 impressions ( Fig. 17 View Figures 13–18 ). Areolet height÷vein r length (fore wing): 0.2 ×. Hind wing subbasal cell: mostly without setae. Hind tarsal claws: with pectination uniform, teeth thick and relatively evenly spaced. Shape of mediotergite 1: distinctly narrowing posteriorly, width at posterior margin clearly less than width at anterior margin and median width ( Fig. 18 View Figures 13–18 ). Mediotergite 1 length÷width at posterior margin 5.6-6.0 ×. Mediotergite 2 width at posterior margin÷length: 2.6-3.0 ×. Ovipositor sheaths length: 0.6 × as long as metatibia, rarely 0.5 × as long as metatibia.

Male. As female but with flagellomeres fully dark brown to black.

Molecular data.

Sequences in BOLD: 15, barcode compliant sequences: 15 ( Fig. 105 View Figure 105 ).

Biology and ecology.

Host: Elachistidae , Antaeotricha BioLep38, Antaeotricha Janzen110, Antaeotricha Janzen126, Gonioterma Janzen212, Stenoma Janzen129.


Costa Rica, ACG rain forest.


This species is named in honour of Bob Poole of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C, in recognition of his decades of taxonomic knowledge and support contributing to understanding the species-level and higher taxonomy of the Noctuoidea and Geometroidea of ACG, INBio and Costa Rica, as well as other parts of the world.