Microplitis vitellipedis Li, Tan & Song

Ranjith, A. P., Rajesh, K. M. & Nasser, M., 2015, Taxonomic studies on Oriental Microplitis Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae, Microgastrinae) with description of two new species from South India, Zootaxa 3963 (3), pp. 369-415: 409

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Microplitis vitellipedis Li, Tan & Song


Microplitis vitellipedis Li, Tan & Song 

Microplitis vitellipedis Li, Tan & Song 2009  ; 225–229. Holotype HAU.

Material examined. 1 ♂ India, Kerala, Mukkali, no collection date, Sheeba ( DZUC).

Female. Body length 2.2 mm.

Head: Head 2 × as wide as long in dorsal view; face transverse, 1.2 × as wide as high; vertex slightly micropunctate ( Fig. 21View FIGURE 21 -B); upper half of the temple densely punctate; ocelli small forming high triangle ( Fig. 21View FIGURE 21 - B); inner margin of eyes nearly parallel sided, densely setose; POL 0.9 × OOL; antennae 1.4 × as long as body; first flagellomere as long as second flagellomere, 2.9 × as long as wide; second flagellomere 2.5 × as long as wide; terminal flagellomere acute, 3.1 × as long as wide.

Mesosoma: Mesosoma 1.4 × as long as high; mesoscutum unevenly punctate ( Fig. 21View FIGURE 21 -B); notauli distinctly impressed, densely punctate, meeting posteriorly to form a slightly sunken rugose area ( Fig. 21View FIGURE 21 -B); medial furrow narrow, distinct; scutellar lunules divided by five carinae; scutellum densely punctate ( Fig. 21View FIGURE 21 -C); propodeum coarsely reticulate-rugose with percurrent medial longitudinal carina ( Fig. 21View FIGURE 21 -C); pronotum flat, rugose punctate with upper pronotal groove absent, hind coxa smooth, setose; hind femur 3.8 × as long as wide; hind tibia 6.8 × as long as wide; outer hind tibial spur 0.4 × as long as basitarsus.

Wings: Fore wing 2.8 × as long as wide ( Fig. 21View FIGURE 21 -F); pterostigma 2.6 × as long as wide ( Fig. 21View FIGURE 21 -F); 1 -M slightly arched throughout; areolet medium sized, distinctly quadrangular ( Fig. 21View FIGURE 21 -F); distance from apex of 1 -R 1 to wing apex equal to vein 1 -R 1; 1 -R 1 1.6 × as long as pterostigma; margin of vannal lobe convex, setose.

Metasoma: T 1 subparallel sided, 1.6–1.8 × as long as basal width, finely rugose, slightly depressed base and apical swelling smooth ( Fig. 21View FIGURE 21 -C & D); suture between T 3 and T 2 nearly reduced to indistinct depression, without median field; T 3 1.3 × as long as T 2 in medial line; T 3 and following tergites smooth, shining with sparse pilosity ( Fig. 21View FIGURE 21 -E); hypopygium small.

Colour: Black, antennae yellowish brown but scape mostly yellowish, only a small area anteriorly reddish brown, maxillary and labial palps, tibial spurs and in proximal 2 / 5 of hind tibia whitish yellow, pterostigma and most veins yellowish brown but basal veins pale brown ( Fig. 21View FIGURE 21 -F), first discal cell of fore wing and above areolet with pale brown areas, legs rather yellow but hind coxae reddish yellow, hind femur yellowish brown, tip of hind tibia and tarsus greyish brown, T 1 dark reddish yellow to brown, laterotergites pale yellow, rest reddish yellow to reddish brown.

Male: Unknown.

Distribution. China (Fujian) and India (Kerala).

Host. Unknown.

Discussion. This species is close to M. chui  in having the pronotum coarsely rugose-punctate, propodeum with indistinct anterior transverse carina, face 1.2 × as wide as long, T 1 sub parallel sided narrowing posteriorly and T 2 without distinct median field. It differs from M. chui  in the following characters: scutellar lunules divided by five carinae (in M. chui  scutellar lunules divided by six carinae), scutellum micropunctured (in M. chui  scutellum coarsely rugose), face punctate (in M. chui  face rugose), POL 1.1 × OOL (in M. chui  POL 0.7 × OOL), T 1 1.7 × as long as wide (in M. chui  T 1 2 × as long as wide), fore wing vein 1 -R 1 1.6 × as long as pterostigma (in M. chui  1 -R 1 2.9 × as long as pterostigma).

Comments. We used detailed images taken from examined material and the type specimens of this species could not be examined.


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Microplitis vitellipedis Li, Tan & Song

Ranjith, A. P., Rajesh, K. M. & Nasser, M. 2015

Microplitis vitellipedis

Li, Tan & Song 2009