Heterospilus chorotegus 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: 219-221

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Heterospilus chorotegus Marsh

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Heterospilus chorotegus Marsh  sp. n. Figure 149


Body size: 2.5-3.0 mm. Color: body entirely dark brown, apical metasomal terga rarely slightly lighter; scape brown, flagellum brown with white annulus near apex, apical 3-5 flagellomeres brown; wing veins including stigma brown; legs yellow. Head: vertex granulate, occasionally smooth behind ocelli; frons granulate, rarely partially smooth; face granulate; temple in dorsal view broad but sloping behind eye; malar space equal to 1/4 eye height, width equal to 1/2 eye width; ocell-ocular distance slightly greater than 2.5 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 22-26 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes granulate; notauli scrobiculate, meeting posteriorly in triangular costate area; scutellum granulate, occasionally smooth; prescutellar furrow with 3 cross carinae; mesopleuron granulate; precoxal sulcus smooth, shorter than mesopleuron; venter smooth; propodeum with basal median areas weakly margined, granulate, basal median carina absent, areola not margined, areolar area areolate-rugose, lateral areas entirely rugose, propodeum with small but distinct tubercle just above hind coxa. Wings: fore wing vein r shorter than vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R present, vein M+CU shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum longitudinally costate, sometimes rugose medially, apical width equal to length; second tergum longitudinally costate; anterior transverse groove present, straight; posterior transverse groove present; third tergum costate anteriorly, granulate posteriorly; terga 4-7 granulate, tergum 4 occasionally costate basally; ovipositor equal in length to metasomal terga 1 and 2 combined.

Holotype female.

Top label (white, partially printed and hand written) - Costa Rica: Guanacaste [;] Santa Rosa Natl. Park [;] 300m, ex. Malaise trap [;] Site #: H-1-O [;] Dates: 2o.vii.86-10.i.1987 [;] I.D. Gauld & D. Janzen; second label (white, printed) - [H] open regenerating [;] woodland 10 years old [;] [O] in clearing, fully [;] isolated part of day; third label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] chorotegus [;] P. Marsh. Deposited on ESUW.


7 ♀♀, same data as holotype except: top label, additional site numbers H-3-O, H-2-C and H-4-C, and additional dates 21. ii– 14.iii.1987, 31. i– 21.ii.1987, 6-27.ix.1986, 4-24.v.1986 and 16. xi– 7.xii.1985; second label, additional third and fourth lines [C] more or less fully [;] shaded as possible (ESUW). 1 ♀, Costa Rica: Guanacaste, ACT [;] Bagaces, P.N. Palo Verde [;] Sec. P. Verde, 200 NE Est. Extremo E de Campo de [;] Aterrizaje, 0-50m, Malaise [;] 8. xi– 8.xii.1999, I. Jimenez [;] L.N.260952-385020 #54241 (ESUW). 1 ♀, top label - Costa Rica: Guanacaste [;] Santa Rosa National Pk. [;] 300m, Malaise, Ian Gauld [;] 31. i– 21.ii 1987; second label - Open regenerating [;] woodland less than [;] 19 yrs. old Sun; third label - H-1-O [;] 31. i– 21.ii.87 (ESUW). 2 ♀♀, Costa Rica: San Jose [;] San Antonio de Escazu [;] 1300m, vi-vii and iii-iv.1998 [;] W. Eberhard & P. Hanson (ESUW). 1 ♀, Costa Rica, Puntarenas [;] Pen. Osa, Puerto Jimenez [;] 10m, VI-1993, P. Hanson (ESUW). 1 ♀, Costa Rica: Puntarenas [;] Pen. Osa, Puerto Jimenez [;] 10m, January 1991, full sun, [;] grassy & weedy site [;] P. Hanson, ex. Malaise (ESUW). 1 ♀, Costa Rica: Puntarenas [;] Pen. Osa, Puerto [;] Jimenez, 10m, December [;] 1990, P. Hanson, Malaise (ESUW). 2 ♀♀, Costa Rica: Puntarenas [;] Golfo Dulce, 24km W. [;] Piedras Blancas, 200m [;] ii and iv.1993, Paul Hanson (ESUW). 1 ♀, Costa Rica: Puntarenas [;] Golfito [;] 8-13 January 1988 [;] P. Hanson (TAMU).


The small tubercle on the propodeum just above the hind coxa and the white annulus on the flagellum are distinctive for this species


Named for the Chorotega, an indigenous people of Costa Rica.