Paridris skolops Talamas & Masner

Talamas, Elijah J., Masner, Lubomir & Johnson, Norman F., 2013, Systematics of Trichoteleia Kieffer and Paridris Kieffer (Hymenoptera, Platygastroidea, Platygastridae), Journal of Hymenoptera Research 34, pp. 1-79: 1

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Paridris skolops Talamas & Masner

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Paridris skolops Talamas & Masner  sp. n. Figures 8, 10, 21, 76-79; Morphbank 36


. Female body length: 2.23-2.35 mm (n=6). Male body length: 2.25-2.38 mm (n=3).

Number of basiconic sensilla on A8: one. Shape of male flagellomeres: between 2 and 3 times as long as wide.

Color of head: black. Distal margin of clypeus: serrate. Shape of distal margin of clypeus in anterior view: convex. Width of clypeus: greater than width across toruli. Lateral corner of clypeus: projecting into acute angle. Length of mediofacial striae: not extending above midpoint of compound eye. Anterodorsal node on interantennal process: present. Central keel: absent. Length of OOL: less than 2 ocellar diameters; greater than 2 ocellar diameters. Macrosculpture of frons between median ocellus and inner orbit of eye: absent. Patch of microsculpture posterior to lateral ocellus in male: absent. Patch of microsculpture posterior to lateral ocellus in female: absent. Patch of microsculpture between median and lateral ocelli: absent. Microsculpture on dorsal head: absent. Microsculpture of posterior gena: absent. Shape of gena: weakly to moderately receding posterior to eye. Macrosculpture of posterior vertex: absent. Patch of microsculpture on temples: absent. Ventral extent of occipital carina: absent below occipital foramen. Setation of postgena: dense.

Color of mesosoma: pale brown.

Shape of pronotal shoulder in dorsal view: narrow and striplike. Transverse pronotal carina: present in posterior half of pronotum. Dorsal half of pronotal cervical sulcus: present as smooth furrow. Ventral half of pronotal cervical sulcus: present as line of large cells. Sculpture of pronotal setal patch: irregular striae to rugulose.

Anterior notaulus: reaching mesoscutal suprahumeral sulcus as continuous furrow. Orientation of notauli: parallel. Shape of posterior notaulus: ovoid. Microsculpture on anterior half of medial mesoscutum: absent. Macrosculpture of anterior medial mesoscutum: absent. Pattern of punctation density on medial mesoscutum: increasing anteriorly. Scutoscutellar sulcus: comprised of short parallel striae. Median carina on posterior mesoscutellum: present; absent. Posterior scutellar sulcus: comprised of shallow round cells.

Punctures on dorsal part of posterior mesepimeral area: absent. Mesopleural carina: absent. Postacetabular sulcus: crenulate. Striae ventrad of mesopleural carina: absent.

Setae on metascutellum: absent. Posterior margin of metascutellum: straight.

Setation of metapleural triangle: moderately dense. Paracoxal and metapleural sulci: fused. Sculpture of posterodorsal part of ventral metapleural area: rugose. Dorsal metapleural area: smooth defined area. Posterior margin of metapleuron below propodeal spiracle: with triangular point above metapleural sulcus.

Anterior projection of the propodeum: present. Setation of metasomal depression: present. Posterior projection of the propodeum: lamellate extension formed from lateral propodeal carina. Plical carina: absent. Lateral propodeal area: undifferentiated from plical area.

Length of postmarginal vein: less than half as long as stigmal vein. Rs in fore wing: nebulous. Cu vein in fore wing: spectral. M vein in forewing: spectral. Color of costal cell in female: hyaline. Color of sub-radial area in female: hyaline. Color of costal cell in male: hyaline. Color of cubito-medial area in female: hyaline. Color of anal margin in female: hyaline. Color of cubito-medial area in male: hyaline. Color of anal margin in male: hyaline. RS+M in forewing: nebulous. Color of sub-stigmal area in male: hyaline. Basal vein in hind wing: spectral. Setation of hind wing: uniform throughout.

Color of metasoma: yellow. Longitudinal median carina on horn of T1: absent. Armature on posterior surface of T1 horn: present. Form of armature on posterior surface of T1 horn: transverse ridge. Interstitial sculpture of T1: finely rugulose. Patch of dense fine setae on anterolateral T1: absent. Form of T2 sulcus: transverse furrow. Posterior margin of transverse sulcus on T2: straight. Carina along posterior margin of transverse sulcus on T2 in female: present. Sublateral tergal carina on T2: present. Microsculpture on T2: absent. Macrosculpture of T2 in female: longitudinally striate. Macrosculpture of T2 in male: longitudinally striate throughout. Carina along posterior margin of transverse sulcus on T2 in male: absent. Microsculpture on T3: present. Macrosculpture of medial T3 in female: absent. Macrosculpture of lateral T3 in female: longitudinally striate. Macrosculpture of medial T3 in male: weakly longitudinally striate. Macrosculpture of lateral T3 in male: longitudinally striate. Macrosculpture of T4 in male: absent. Macrosculpture of female T5: absent. Microscupture on female T6: absent. Constriction of apical T6 in female: absent. Setation of S1: medial tuft. Distribution of longitudinal striae on S2: present throughout. Macrosculpture of S2: longitudinally striate. Form of S2 felt field: lateral row or patch of setigerous punctures. Marginal depression on S3: present. Marginal depressions on S4: present. Marginal depression on S5: present.


Paridris skolops  is unique among the Paridris  species in Fiji because the female has a carina along the posterior margin of the antecostal sulcus on T2. Males and females have a setose metasomal depression and dense fine setae along the postgena which serve to separate them from the other species treated in this revision.


The Greek epithet “skolops” meaning "anything pointed" refers to the posteriorly directed spine on the horn of T1 in females of this species. The name is treated as a noun in apposition.

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Material examined.

Holotype, female: FIJI: Northern Div., Cakaudrove Prov., Taveuni Isl., 5.3km SE Tavuki, MT3, Devo Peak, 16.841°S, 179.968°W, 1064m, 24. X– 31.X.2002, malaise trap, Schlinger & M. Tokota’a, FBA105671 (deposited in BPBM). Paratypes: FIJI: 6 females, 3 males, FBA098119, FBA098120, FBA134348, FBA164536 (BPBM); FBA127987, FBA134351 (CNCI); FBA099707, FBA105669 (FNIC); FBA105674 (OSUC).