Habroteleia spinosa Chen & Johnson

Chen, Hua-yan, Talamas, Elijah J., Masner, Lubomir & Johnson, Norman F., 2018, Revision of the world species of the genus Habroteleia Kieffer (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae, Scelioninae), ZooKeys 730, pp. 87-122: 101-103

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Habroteleia spinosa Chen & Johnson

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Habroteleia spinosa Chen & Johnson  sp. n. Figures 4-5, 82-87


Body length of female: 3.51-3.52 mm (n=2). Body length of male: 3.37-3.81 mm (n=6). Length of A3 in male: longer than A2. Punctation of frons above antennal scrobe: dense. Sculpture of antennal scrobe: punctate rugose. Central keel: present. Sculpture of ventrolateral frons: punctate rugose. Occipital carina: interrupted medially. Sculpture of posterior vertex: smooth with sparse punctures. Sculpture of gena: sparsely punctate. Sculpture of occiput: smooth.

Color of mesosoma: black. Sculpture of dorsal pronotal area: sparsely punctate. Sculpture of lateral pronotal area: largely smooth, with sparsely punctures medially. Sculpture of netrion: coarsely striate ventrally, rugulose dorsally. Setae of netrion: dense throughout. Sculpture of notaulus: discretely punctate. Sculpture of mesoscutal midlobe: densely finely punctate along anterior margin, otherwise smooth. Sculpture of lateral lobe of mesoscutum: smooth. Sculpture of lateral propodeal area: rugose. Setation of mesoscutellum: sparse. Sculpture of mesoscutellum: sparsely punctate. Median propodeal projection: short. Mesopleural carina: distinct. Sculpture of mesepisternum anteroventral to mesopleural depression: smooth. Sculpture of dorsal metapleural area: smooth. Sculpture of ventral metapleural area: rugose. Setation of ventral metapleural area: dense. Color of legs: dark brown to black. Sculpture of hind coxa: smooth.

Color of metasoma: black. T1 horn in female: absent. Sculpture of posterior margin of T1 in female: densely longitudinally striate, punctate rugulose in interstices. Transverse sulcus on T2: present. Sculpture of T2-T5: densely longitudinally striate, punctate rugulose in interstices. Sculpture of T6 in female: rugose. Length of T6 in female: wider than long. Apex of T6 in female: pointed. Sculpture of S2: sparsely longitudinally striate medially, with fine punctures in interstices, irregularly finely punctate laterally. Sculpture of T1 in male: sparsely longitudinally striate, smooth in interstices. Male T8 apical spine: absent.


This species is most similar to H. salebra  but can be distinguished by the pointed apex of T6 in females and the spine at the apex of T8 in males,


The specific epithet means spiny, referring to the pointed apex of T6 in females and should be treated as an adjective.

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Material examined.

Holotype, female: INDONESIA: Papua Prov., W New Guinea Isl., Central Mts., Archbold Lake, 760m, 26. XI– 3.XII.1961, sweeping, L. W. Quate, OSUC 232889 (deposited in BPBM). Paratypes: (1 female, 6 males) INDONESIA: 6 males, OSUC 232878, 232887, 232893, 232929-232930, 234491 ( BPBM). PAPUA NEW GUINEA: 1 female, OSUC 232888 ( BPBM).