Heterospilus fahringeri 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: 66-67

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Heterospilus fahringeri Marsh

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Heterospilus fahringeri Marsh  sp. n. Figure 40


Body size: 2.0-2.5 mm. Color: body entirely dark brown; scape yellow without lateral brown stripe, flagellum brown; wing veins including stigma brown; legs entirely yellow. Head: vertex transversely striate; frons transversely striate; face granulate; temple in dorsal view narrow, broad but sloping behind eye, width equal to 1/2 eye width; malar space about equal to 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance about 2.5 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 17 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes granulate; notauli scrobiculate, meeting at scutellum in small rugose area; scutellum granulate; prescutellar furrow with 3 cross carinae; mesopleuron granulate; precoxal sulcus scrobiculate, shorter than mesopleuron; venter granulate; propodeum with basal median areas margined, granulate, basal median carina absent, areola not distinctly margined, areolar area rugose, lateral areas rugose posteriorly, granulate anteriorly. Wings: fore wing vein r shorter than vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R present, vein M+CU slightly longer than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum longitudinally costate, apical width equal to length; second tergum longitudinally costate; anterior transverse groove weak but present; posterior transverse groove absent; third tergum smooth entirely; terga 4-7 smooth; ovipositor 1/2 length of metasoma.

Holotype female.

Top label (white, printed) - Costa Rica: Puntarenas [;] San Vito, Estac. Biol. [;] Las Alturas, 1500m [;] xi.1991, Paul Hanson; second label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] fahringeri [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


1 ♀, S.RosaPark,Guan, Guan. [;] C. Rica 20.Dec.76 [;] D. H. Janzen [;] Riparian (AEIC).


The granulate mesopleuron and face, the smooth third metasomal tergum and the absent posterior transverse groove on the metasoma are distinctive for this species.


Named for the German entomologist, J. Fahringer, who described many braconids in the early 1900s.