Glyphidocera comae , DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 79-81

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Glyphidocera comae

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Glyphidocera comae  , new species

(Figs. 132–134, 331, Map 24View MAP 24)

Diagnosis.— Glyphidocera comae  is most similar to G. animae  but differs from the latter species by having a basally narrower tegumen, a basally narrower dorsal strut of the tegumen, and a more protuberant furcal bifurcation of the valval costa.

Description.— Head: Scales on vertex and frontoclypeus grayish orange tipped with pale grayish orange; outer surface of labial palpus dark brown intermixed with grayishorange scales to near apical margin of segment II, inner surface pale grayish orange intermixed with few brown scales; scape of antenna dark brown, or brown intermixed with few grayish­orange scales, flagellum with alternating bands of pale grayish­orange and brown scales; male 4 th flagellomere distally dilated, protuberant and curved, forming a shallow concavity opposite deeply excavated flagellomeres 5–6; concavity nearly closed by setiform scales on apex of protuberance of 4 th flagellomere; proboscis pale grayish orange.

Thorax: Tegula and mesonotum with scales grayish orange tipped with pale grayish orange. Legs grayish orange intermixed with pale grayish­orange scales to near apical margins of all segments and tarsomeres. Forewing (Fig. 331): Length 6.0– 6.8 mm (n = 8), grayish orange intermixed with pale grayish­orange and brown scales; cell and surrounding areas paler than marginal areas; cell with 2 large brown spots, 1 spot near middle, 1 spot near distal end; basal streak, on CuP posterior to midcell spot; marginal spots present or absent. Undersurface brown intermixed with few pale grayish­orange scales along costa. Hindwing: Pale grayish orange.

Abdomen (Fig. 132): Male with 3 transverse, irregular rows of sex scales on intersegmental membrane between terga 2–3, and 4 transverse, irrgeular rows of sex scales on intersegmental membrane between terga 3–4. Sex scales between terga 2–3 are about 3 times larger than the sex scales between terga 3–4.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 133–134): Uncus elongate, wide at base, broadly constricted at 1 / 3, apically widened to nearly width of base, apex widely acuminate and setose; gnathos setose, protuberant, narrow throughout length, apex rounded; tegumen nearly parallelsided throughout length; dorsal strut of tegumen with arms convergent, fusing from a widened base, extending narrowly to base of uncus; costa of valva nearly straight from a shallow depression beyond a basal digitate process to an upturned and slightly constricted dorsal furca; apex bifurcate, furcae widely divergent, forming a V­shaped inner margin; sacculus twisted apically, constricting valva near midlength, widening distoventrally forming an elongate and narrowly rounded cucullus, cucullus membranous and setose; vesica of aedeagus with several small, stout, conical cornuti, and bearing an elongate, apical cornutus; cornutus with one side shortened near midlength, exposing a hollow, basal cavity.

Female Genitalia: Unknown.

Holotype, ɗ, “P[arque] N[acional] Manuel Antonio, 80 m, Quepos, Prov[incia] Puntarenas, COSTA RICA, Oct. 1992, G. Varela, L­S­ 370900, 448800 ”, “ INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 000, 935555 ” [bar code label], “ INBio, Genitalia Slide by D. Adamski, No. 568 ” [yellow label].

Paratypes (7 ɗ): 3 ɗ, Same label data as holotype except, “R. Zuniga, Ene. 1991 ”, “ CRI 000, 366948 ”, “Slide No. 617 ”; “ 120 m, G. Varela & R. Zugina, Nov. 1990, L­S­ 370900, 449800 ”, “ CRI 000, 226893 ”, “Slide No. 548 ”; “ Dic. 1990, L­S­ 370900, 449800 ”, “ CRI 000, 228205 ”, “Slide No. 613 ”; 4 ɗ, “ COSTA RICA, Heredia, Est. Biol. La Selva, 50–150 m, 10 ° 26 'N, 84 °01'W, Jan. 1993, INBio­OET”, “ 11 Ene. 1993, Bosque secundario, L0006”, “ CRI 001, 219245 ”, “Slide No. 868 ”; “ 17 Octubre 1993, Bosque primario, L/01/ 076”, “ CRI 001, 239939 ”, “Slide No. 866 ”; “ 1 Julio 1994, Lab. Area, L/04/ 112 ”, “ CRI 001, 244402 ”, “Slide No. 867 ”; “ 11 Marzo 1996, L/00/ 181, STR 2050 m ”, “ CRI 001, 250751 ”, “Slide No. 909 ”, (4 in INBio, 3 in USNM).

Distribution ( Map 24View MAP 24): Glyphidocera comae  is known from three collecting sites in Costa Rica; one north­central site north of the Cordillera Central, and two nearby sites in the south­central part of the country along the coast.

Etymology: The species epithet comae  is derived from the Latin word for hair ­ coma.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio


Institut de Botanique


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History