Glyphidocera cellae , DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 33-34

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Glyphidocera cellae

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Glyphidocera cellae  , new species

(Figs. 42–44, 296, Map 8View MAP 8)

Diagnosis.— Glyphidocera cellae  can be distinguished from its congeners by a unique combination of features including a narrow gnathos with an acutely upturned apex, a costal furca with a broadly rounded apex, a shortened sacculus, a slightly constricted area beyond sacculus, an absence of an apical cornutus of the aedeagal vesica, and vesica of aedeagus with many spinelike cornuti.

Description.— Head: Vertex and frontoclypeus pale brownish yellow; outer surface of segments I –II brown intermixed with pale brownish­yellow scales to near apical margin, segment III brown intermixed with few pale brownish­yellow scales; inner surface pale brownish yellow intermixed with few brown scales; scape of antenna pale brownish yellow, flagellum with alternating bands of brown and pale brownish­yellow scales, male 4 th flagellomere without dorsal protuberance, flagellomeres 5–6 slightly excavated; proboscis pale brownish yellow.

Thorax: Tegula brown intermixed with few brownish­yellow scales; mesonotum brownish yellow. Legs brownish yellow intermixed with few brown scales. Forewing (Fig. 296): Length 5.1 mm (n = 1), basal 2 / 3 pale brownish yellow intermixed with few brown scales, distal 1 / 3 brown intermixed with few pale brownish­yellow scales; cell with 2 brown spots, 1 near middle, 1 near distal end. Undersurface brown. Hindwing: Pale grayish brown basally, gradually darkening to apex.

Abdomen (Fig. 42): Male with 3 transverse, irregular rows of sex scales on intersegmental area between terga 2–3.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 43–44): Uncus elongate, parallelsided from a wide base to an acuminate apex; gnathos setose, protuberant, wide basally, gradually narrowed distally, apex abruptly upturned; tegumen slightly widened basally; dorsal strut of tegumen with arms convergent, fusing medially and narrowly from posteroventral margin to base of uncus; costa slightly upturned from slightly beyond base to apical furca; furca wide, broadly rounded apically; basal digitate process of valva absent; sacculus moderately twisted, slightly constricting valva near midlength, slightly widening distoventrally, forming a broadly rounded cucullus; cucullus membranous and setose, with a narrowly rounded outer margin beneath apex of costa; vesica of aedeagus with many moderately long, spinelike cornuti.

Female Genitalia: Unknown.

Holotype, ɗ, “San Luis, Monteverde, Prov[incia] Punta[renas], COSTA RICA, 1000­ 1350 m, Jul. 1994, Z. Fuentes, L­N­ 250850, # 3074 ”, “ INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 002, 025736” [bar code label], “ INBio, Genitalia Slide by D. Adamski, Sex ɗ, No. 504 ” [yellow label].

Distribution ( Map 8View MAP 8): Glyphidocera cellae  is known from one collecting site in the cloud forests of Monteverde in west­central Costa Rica along the southern part of the Cordillera de Tilarán.

Etymology: The species epithet cellae  is derived from the Latin “cella,” meaning room.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio