Glyphidocera ranae , DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 143-145

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Glyphidocera ranae

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Glyphidocera ranae  , new species

(Figs. 252–254, 371, Map 46View MAP 46)

Diagnosis.— Glyphidocera ranae  is most similar to G. ancillae  ; it can be distinguished from the latter by having a larger gnathos, a larger digitate process of the valva, a slightly recurved dorsal furca of the valval costa, and the vesica of aedeagus with an apical cornutus with a bulbous base.

Description.— Head: Vertex and frontoclypeus brown; outer surface of labial palpus brown intermixed with few pale­brown scales to apical margin of segment II, inner surface pale brown intermixed with few brown scales; scape of antenna brown, flagellum with alternating bands of pale brown and brown 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 pale brown.

Thorax: Tegula and mesonotum brown. Legs brown intermixed with pale­brown scales to apical margins of all segments and tarsomeres. Forewing (Fig. 371): Length 5.9– 6.2 mm (n = 7), pale brown intermixed with pale grayish­orange, brown, and few darkbrown scales; cell with 2 brown spots, 1 large spot near middle, 1 small spot near distal end [spots are faint in some specimens]. Undersurface brown. Hindwing: Brown.

Abdomen (Fig. 252): Male with 3 transverse rows of sex scales on intersegmental membrane between terga 2–3.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 253–254): Uncus elongate, wide at base, broadly constricted at 1 / 3, slightly widened apically, apex narrowly rounded and setose; gnathos sparsely setose, protuberant, wide throughout length, upturned apically; tegumen slightly widened basally; dorsal strut of tegumen with arms convergent, fusing from a widened base from posteroventral margin to base of uncus; costa of valva slightly sloped dorsally from shallow depression beyond a slanted, basal, digitate process to an upturned dorsal furca; apex widely bifurcate from a narrowly rounded inner margin; dorsal furca about 3 times larger than ventral furca; sacculus twisted apically constricting valva near midlength, widening distoventrally forming an elongate and broadly rounded cucullus; cucullus membranous and setose; vesica of aedeagus denticulate, bearing a large, conical, apical cornutus; curnutus with a bulbous base, with one side slightly shorter, exposing a hollow, basal cavity.

Female Genitalia: Unknown.

Holotype, ɗ, “Est[ación] Pitilla, 700 m, 9 km S S[an]ta Cecilia, Prov[incia] Guan[acaste], COSTA RICA, C. Moraga & P. Rios, Dic. 1990, L­N­ 330200, 380200 ”, “ INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 000, 652704 ” [bar code label], “ INBio, ɗ Genitalia Slide by D. Adamski, No. 776 ” [yellow label].

Paratypes (6 ɗ): 3 ɗ, Same label data as holotype except, “Set., 1991 ”, “ CRI 000, 460293 ”, “Slide No. 775 ”; “ CRI 000, 580151 ”, “Slide No. 765 ”; “ Oct. 1990 ”, “ CRI 000, 380795 ”, “Slide No. 768 ”; 2 ɗ, Cerro Tortuguero, 0–120 m, P. N. Tortuguero, Prov. Limón, COSTA RICA, Nov. 1992, R. Delgado, L­N­ 285000, 588000 ”, “ CRI 000, 992205 ”, “Slide No. 588 ”; “ Mar. 1993 ”, “ CRI 001, 353218 ”; “Slide No. 652 ”; 1 ɗ, “Est. Sirena, P. N. Corcovado, 0–100 m, Prov. Punt., COSTA RICA, G. Fonseca, Oct. 1990, L­ S­ 270500, 508300 ”, “ CRI 000, 179053 ”, “Slide No. 805 ”, (3 in INBio, 3 in USNM).

Distribution ( Map 46View MAP 46): Glyphidocera ranae  is known from three collecting sites in Costa Rica, from the north­western part along the Cordillera Guanacaste, east to the northcentral part of the country along the Caribbean Coast, south­east to a coastal site along the Pacific Ocean.

Etymology: The species epithet ranae  is derived from the Latin word for frog ­ rana.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History