Glyphidocera coquae , DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 148-149

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Glyphidocera coquae

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Glyphidocera coquae  , new species

(Figs. 261–263, 374, Map 47View MAP 47)

Diagnosis.— Glyphidocera coquae  , G. sollertiae  , and G. gloriae  share abdominal sex scales between terga 2–3 in the male, a densely setose gnathos, an angular dorsal furca of the valval costa, and an elongate apical cornutus of the aedeagus. However, G. coquae  differs from the latter two species by having a wider and more angular valval cucullus, a larger ventral furca of the valval costa, and a narrower apical cornutus of the aedeagus.

Description.— Head: Scales on vertex and frontoclypeus grayish brown tipped with pale grayish brown; outer surface of labial palpus dark brown intermixed with brown and few pale­brown scales along apical margin of segment II; inner margin pale brown intermixed with few brown scales; scale of antenna dark brown intermixed with few palebrown scales, flagellum with alternating bands of brown and pale grayish­brown scales; male 4 th flagellomere dorsally protuberant and curved, forming a deep concavity opposite slightly excavated flagellomeres 5–6; concavity nearly closed by a digitate protuberance of 4 th flagellomere; proboscis grayish brown.

Thorax: Tegula and mesonotum grayish brown. Legs grayish brown intermixed with pale grayish­brown scales along apical margins of all segments and tarsomeres. Forewing (Fig. 374): Length 6.4 –7.0 mm (n = 3), grayish brown intermixed with pale­brown and brown scales; cell with 2 large, faint spots, 1 spot near middle, 1 spot near distal end. Undersurface grayish brown. Hindwing: Grayish brown.

Abdomen (Fig. 261): Male with 4 transverse, irregular rows of sex scales on intersegmental membrane between terga 2–3.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 262–263): Uncus elongate, broadly constricted near 1 / 3, slightly widened apically, apex narrowly rounded and setose; gnathos densely setose, protuberant, widened throughout length, apically upturned; tegumen slightly widened basally; dorsal strut of tegumen with arms convergent from a wide base, extending dorsally, gradually widening to base of uncus; costa of valva slightly emarginate broadly from a shallow depression beyond a slightly slanted, basal, digitate process to dorsal furca; apex bifurcate; dorsal furca upturned along basal 1 / 3, angled laterally, forming an aristate apex; furcae parallel, about equal in size; sacculus twisted apically, constricting valva slightly before midlength, widening distoventrally, forming an elongate, broadly rounded, and distally protracted cucullus; cucullus membranous and setose; vesica of aedeagus denticulate, bearing an elongate and narrow, apical cornutus; cornutus with one side shortened near 1 / 3 length, exposing a hollow, basal cavity.

Female Genitalia: Unknown.

Holotype, ɗ, “F[in]ca Cafrosa, Est[ación] Las Mellizas, P[arque] N[acional] Amistad, 1300 m, Prov[incia] Punt[arenas], COSTA RICA, M. Ramirez & G. Mora, Oct. 1990, L­S­ 316100, 596100 ”, “ INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 000, 182740 ” [bar code label], “ INBio, ɗ Genitalia Slide by D. Adamski, No. 669 ” [yellow label].

Paratypes (2 ɗ): Same label data as holotype except, “ CRI 000, 068113”, “Slide No. 670 ”; “M. Ramirez, May, 1991 ”, “ CRI 000, 456879 ”, “Slide No. 671 ”, (1 in INBio, 1 in USNM).

Distribution ( Map 47View MAP 47): Glyphidocera coquae  is known from one collecting site along the south­eastern border of Costa Rica near Panama.

Etymology: The species epithet coquae  is derived from the Latin word for cook ­ coqua.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History