Glyphidocera sardae, DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 58-59

publication ID 10.5281/zenodo.170793

publication LSID

persistent identifier

treatment provided by


scientific name

Glyphidocera sardae

new species

Glyphidocera sardae  , new species

(Figs. 87–89, 316, Map 16View MAP 16)

Diagnosis.— Glyphidocera sardae  is similar to G. zothecuale  but differs in its larger gnathos, longer costal furca of the valva, less rounded outer margin of the cucullus of the valva, and smaller apical cornutus of the aedeagal vesica.

Description.— Head: Scales of vertex and frontoclypeus brown tipped with pale brown; outer surface of labial palpus brown intermixed with few pale­brown scales, segment II with pale­brown scales to near apical margin; inner margin pale brown or pale brown intermixed with few brown scales; scape of antenna pale brown intermixed with few brown scales, flagellum pale brown; male 4 th flagellomere 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 protuberance of 4 th flagellomere; proboscis pale brown.

Thorax: Tegula and mesonotum brown. Legs brown intermixed with pale­brown scales to near apical margins of all segments and tarsomeres. Forewing (Fig. 316): Length 7.6 –8.0 mm (n = 2), brown intermixed with few brown scales tipped with pale brown; costal margin pale brown; cell with 2 large brown spots, 1 near middle, 1 near distal end [one specimen with darker basal half nearly obliterating midcell spot]. Undersurface brown except, pale brown along costal margin. Hindwing: Pale brown.

Abdomen (Fig. 87): Male with 4 transverse, irregular rows of sex scales on intersegmental membrane between terga 2–3 and terga 3–4. Sex scales between terga 2–3 appear slightly larger that the sex scales between terga 3–4.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 88–89): Uncus elongate, wide basally, slightly constricted near 1 / 3, parallelsided to a narrowly rounded and setose apex; gnathos setose, protuberant, wide throughout length, apically upturned; tegumen slightly widened basally; dorsal strut of tegumen convergent, and fused along posteroventral margin of tegumen, narrowing to midlength, and gradually widening to base of uncus; costa of valva broadly emarginate from a shallow depression beyond a slanted, digitate process to a slightly raised subapical part; apical furca upturned and aristate; sacculus twisted apically, near midlength, widened distoventrally forming a broadly rounded cucullus; cucullus membranous and setose; vesica sparsely spinulate, bearing a conical, apical cornutus; cornutus dilated basally, exposing a hollow, basal cavity.

Female Genitalia: Unknown.

Holotype, ɗ, “F[in]ca Jenny, 30 km N Liberia, P[arque] N[acional] Guanacaste, Prov[incia] Guan[acaste], COSTA RICA, E. Araya & R. Espinosa, Set. 1990, L­N­ 316200, 364400 ”, “ INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 000, 227281 ” [bar code label], “ INBio, Genitalia Slide by D. Adamski, Sex ɗ, No. 499 ” [yellow label].

Paratype (1 ɗ): Same label data as holotype except, “ 240 m, 6–13 Set. 1994, E. Araya, # 3223 ”, “ CRI 002, 022656 ”, “Slide No. 521.”

Distribution ( Map 16View MAP 16): Glyphidocera sardae  in known from one collecting site in north­western Costa Rica along the Cordillera de Guanacaste.

Etymology: The species epithet sardae  is derived from the Latin “sarda,” meaning sardine.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio