Glyphidocera novercae, DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 100-102

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Glyphidocera novercae

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Glyphidocera novercae  , new species

(Figs. 171–173, 344, Map 31View MAP 31)

Diagnosis.— Glyphidocera novercae  is most similar to G. tibiae  but differs from the latter by having sex scales between abdominal terga 2–3 in male, a narrower dorsal furca of the valval costa, and a more protuberant ventral furca.

Description.— Head: Vertex and frontoclypeus pale brownish yellow; outer surface of labial palpus with segments I –II brown intermixed with pale brownish­yellow scales, segment III pale brownish yellow; inner surface pale brownish yellow; scape of antenna pale brownish yellow intermixed with few brown scales, flagellum with alternating bands of pale brownish­yellow and pale­brown scales; male 4 th flagellum dorsally protuberant and curved, forming a deep concavity opposite slightly excavated flagellomeres 5–6; concavity nearly closed by a few setiform scales on apex of 4 th flagellomere; proboscis pale brownish yellow.

Thorax: Tegula and mesonotum pale brownish yellow. Foreleg and midleg brown intermixed with pale brownish­yellow scales to near apical margins of all segments and tarsomeres or pale brownish yellow; hindleg pale brownish yellow. Forewing (Fig. 344): Length 6.1 –8.0 mm (n = 9), pale brownish yellow intermixed with brown scales; cell with 2–3 brown spots, 2 spots, near middle [or coalescent, forming one large spot], 1 small spot near distal end; base with a short, medial streak present or absent [rubbed specimens with all spots absent]. Undersurface brown intermixed with pale brownish­yellow scales along costa. Hindwing: Pale yellow.

Abdomen (Fig. 171): Male with 3 irregular rows of sex scales within median area between terga 2–3, and 4 transverse, irregular rows of sex scales between terga 3–4.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 172–173): Uncus elongate, wide at base, broadly constricted near 1 / 3, widened apically; apex setose, acuninate, and recurved; gnathos setose, protuberant, wide throughout length, apically upturned; tegumen slightly widened basally; dorsal strut of tegumen with arms convergent, fusing from posteroventral margin, extending widely to base of uncus; costa of valva slightly sloped dorsally from a shallow depression beyond a basal, digitate process to an upturned dorsal furca; apex widely bifurcate, each furca divergent; dorsal furca about twice length of ventral furca; ventral furca about twice as wide as dorsal furca; sacculus twisted apically constricting valva slightly beyond midlength, widening distoventrally forming an angular­shaped cucullus; cucullus membranous and setose; vesica denticulate, bearing an elongate, and narrow apical cornutus; cornutus with one side shortened near midlength, exposing a hollow, basal cavity.

Female Genitalia: Unknown.

Holotype, ɗ, “Est[ación] Pitilla, 700 m, 9 km, S S[an]ta Cecilia, P[arque] N[acional] Guanacaste, Prov[incia] Guanacaste, COSTA RICA, C. Moraga, 2–9 Mar. 1992, L­N­ 330200, 380200 ”, “ INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 000, 414812 ” [bar code label], “ INBio, ɗ Genitalia Slide by D. Adamski, No. 751 ” [yellow label].

Paratypes (8 ɗ): 3 ɗ, Same label data as holotyoe except, “ Abr. 1991 ”, “ CRI 000, 484628 ”, “Slide No. 956 ”; “ Jul. 1991 ”, “ CRI 000, 300183 ”, “Slide No. 958 ”; “ Ene. 1995, L­N­329950, 380450, # 4354 ”, “ CRI 002, 131713 ”, “Slide No. 957 ”; 1 ɗ, “Monumento Nacional Guayabo, Amistad, Prov. Carta., COSTA RICA, 1100 m, Jun. 1994, G. Fonseca, L­N­ 217400, 570000, # 2989 ”, “ CRI 001, 880995 ”, “Slide No. 814 ”; 2 ɗ, “ COSTA RICA, Heredia, Est. Biol. La Selva, 50–150 m, 10 ° 26 'N, 84 °01'W, Jan. 1996, INBio­OET”, “ 13 Ene. 1996, Bosque primario, L0010”, “ CRI 001, 219541 ”, “Slide No. 982 ”; “ 17 Abril 1996, L/04/ 218, Biblioteca”, “ CRI 002, 060458 ”, “Slide No. 979 ”; 2 ɗ, “Est. Sirena, P.N. Corcovado, 0–100 m, Prov. Punt., COSTA RICA, G. Fonseca, Nov. 1990, L­S­ 270500, 508300 ”, “ CRI 000, 445864 ”, “Slide No. 813 ”; “ Oct. 1990 ”, “ CRI 000, 179015 ”, (4 in INBio, 4 in USNM).

Distribution ( Map 31View MAP 31): Glyphidocera novercae  is known from five collecting sites in Costa Rica; two nearby sites in the northwest along the Cordillera de Guanacaste, two sites in the north­central part of the country along the Cordillera Central, and one coastal site in the southeast.

Etymology: The species epithet novercae  is derived from the Latin word for stepmother ­ noverca.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History