Heterospilus pharkidodus Marsh

Marsh, Paul M., Wild, Alexander L. & Whitfield, James B., 2013, The Doryctinae (Braconidae) of Costa Rica: genera and species of the tribe Heterospilini, ZooKeys 347, pp. 1-474: 395-396

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Heterospilus pharkidodus Marsh

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Heterospilus pharkidodus Marsh  sp. n. Figure 271


Body size: 4.0-4.5 mm. Color: body dark brown, apical metasomal terga yellow; scape and flagellum brown, apical 7-10 flagellomeres white; legs yellow except tarsi brown, hind femur light brown, hind tibia dark brown at extreme base; wing veins including stigma brown. Head: vertex smooth; frons weakly transversely costate; face smooth except for numerous setal punctures; temple in dorsal view narrow, sloping behind eye, width less than 1/2 eye width; malar space greater than 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance twice diameter of lateral ocellus; 32 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes weakly granulate, lateral lobes broadly transversely costate along notauli, median lobe transversely costate laterally, apical corners sharply produced; notauli scrobiculate with strong carina on inner side where notauli meet at prescutellar furrow; scutellum smooth; prescutellar furrow with 3 cross carinae; mesopleuron smooth; precoxal sulcus smooth, shorter than mesopleuron; venter smooth; propodeum with basal median areas smooth, distinctly margined, basal median carina absent, areola not margined, areolar area areolate-rugose, lateral areas entirely areolate-rugose. Wings: fore wing vein r less than 1/2 length of vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R present, vein M+CU slightly shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum longitudinally porcate, length slightly greater than apical width; second tergum longitudinally costate or porcate; anterior transverse groove present, straight; posterior transverse groove present; third tergum costate, smooth at apex; terga 4-7 smooth; ovipositor longer than metasoma.

Holotype female

. Top label (white, printed) - COSTA RICA-Heredia Prov. [;] La Selva Biological Station [;] 10°26'N, 84°01'W, 100m [;] Canopy fogging 32 [;] 3.xi.1994 [;] Project ALAS (FVK32); second label (red, printed) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] pharkidodus Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


. 1 ♀, top label - COSTA RICA, Heredia: [;] Est. Biol. La Selva, 50- [;] 150m, 10°26'N, 84°01'W [;] Sep 1998, INBio-OET; second label - 03 Setiembre 1998 [;] Borde suampo [;] M/18/716 (INBC).


. The strongly transversely costate mesoscutum, long ovipositor and smooth face are distinctive for this species.


The specific name is from the Greek, pharkidodes, meaning wrinkled in reference to the costate and wrinkled mesoscutum.