Microplitis longwangshana Xu & He

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: 396-397

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Microplitis longwangshana Xu & He


Microplitis longwangshana Xu & He 

Microplitis longwangshana Xu & He 2000 a: 196  ; Chen & Song 2004: 225 Holotype ZUH.

Female. Body length 2.8 mm.

Head: Face 1.1 × as wide as long in anterior view ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 -B); clypeal margin straight ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 -B); eyes 2.1 × as wide as long in dorsal view; frons rugulose; vertex, lateral temples and occiput smooth associated with small micropunctures; POL 0.8 × OOL; ocelli forming an obtuse angle; antennae longer than the body ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 -A); scape 2 × as long as wide; first flagellomere 4 × as long as wide; second flagellomere 8 × as long as wide.

Mesosoma: Mesosoma 1.4 × as long as high; mesoscutum slightly rugose ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 -C); notauli faintly indicated; medial furrow absent; scutellar lunules wide medially, divided by five carinae ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 -C); area lateral to scutellar lunules flat; dorsal scutellum punctate; propodeum with percurrent medial longitudinal carina, reticulate-rugose, transverse carina present medially ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 -D); lateral pronotum with oblique crenulate furrow; hind coxa smooth; hind femur 3.9 × as long as wide; hind tibial spur 0.3 × as long as basitarsus.

Wings: Fore wing 2.7 × as long as wide; pterostigma 3.1 × as long as wide; areolet quadrangular; 1 -R 1 as long as pterostigma; 1 CU 1 0.4 × as long as 2 CU 1; 1 -M straight; margin of vannal lobe convex, setose.

Metasoma: T 1 2.1 × as long as wide, rugose, parallel sided, slightly narrowed apically with rounded apical end ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 -D & E); T 2 smooth with median field ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 -E); medial length of T 3 as long as T 2 ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 -E); T 2 –T 7 smooth associated with transverse row of setae posteriorly ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 -E); ovipositor 0.3 × as long as hind basitarsus.

Colour: Body black, palps pale yellow, mesosoma black but tegula reddish yellow ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 -C), hind coxa black only apically reddish yellow, fore and mid legs including coxa reddish yellow, hind leg reddish yellow but basal, apical tibia and tarsus dark, metasoma black, latero tergites of T 1 –T 2 reddish yellow ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 -E), wings hyaline, pterostigma dark with a yellow spot in basal 1 / 3 ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 -F).

Male: Same as female except, body length 3.3 mm, pterostigma with light area basally.

Distribution. China (Zhejiang).

Host. Unknown.

Discussion. This species is closely related to M. chui  in having the absence of medial furrow on mesoscutum, distinct medial longitudinal carina on propodeum and T 1 without medial longitudinal groove. It differs in the following characters, T 1 narrowing posteriorly (in M. chui  T 1 sub-parallel sided), scutellum micropunctured (in M. chui  scutellum coarsely rugose), T 2 with distinct median field (in M. chui  T 2 without median field), face punctate (in M. chui  face rugose).

Comments. Type material could not be directly examined, but images of the holotype taken by Dr. Tang Pu (ZUH) were used to compare with the new species described in this paper.














Microplitis longwangshana Xu & He

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

Microplitis longwangshana

Chen 2004: 225
Xu 2000: 196