Glyptapanteles chidra Rousse et Gupta

Rousse, Pascal & Gupta, Ankita, 2013, Microgastrinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) of Reunion Island: a catalogue of the local species, including 18 new taxa and a key to species, Zootaxa 3616 (6), pp. 501-547: 533-534

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Glyptapanteles chidra Rousse et Gupta

sp. nov.

Glyptapanteles chidra Rousse et Gupta  , sp. nov.

( Fig. 15View FIGURE 15 a –b)

Diagnosis. Ventral margin of clypeus concave. Scutellum entirely punctate. Propodeum shallowly aciculo-rugose. Hind coxa entirely punctate. Tergum 1 elongate, its lateral margins straight. Tergites 2–5 bicolor, medially dark and laterally yellowish.

Color. Head and mesosoma  black but face dark reddish, palpi pale yellow, clypeus and mandible yellowish and antenna brown testaceous. Metasoma dorsally brown-testaceous to dark brown, laterotergites 1–2 pale yellow, tergites 2–5 laterally yellowish. Legs pale yellow to yellow, but hind coxa brown-testaceous, hind tarsi and apices of hind tibia and hind femur infuscate.


FEMALE (2 specimens). B: 2.8; A: 2.6; L: 3.1 (3.1–3.3).

Head. Entire head densely setose. Clypeus dorsally separated from face, ventrally distinctly concave. Clypeus and face densely and very shallowly punctate. H i: 1.0; EH i: 0.6; C i: 3.5; Fl 1 i: 3.7; Fl 2 i: 3.7; FL 1– 2 i: 1.0; Fl 15 i: 1.7; Fl 16 i: 2.4; OO i: 1.8; IO i: 1.4.

Mesosoma  . Entirely densely setose. Pronotum polished, upper and lower furrows deep and crenulate. Anterior quarter of mesopleuron densely punctate, posteriorly polished. Sternaulus short, shallow and smooth. Metapleuron polished with some punctures on margins, anterior pit deep. Mesoscutum moderately and regularly punctate without distinguishable notauli. Scuto-scutellar suture thin and deep, crenulate. Scutellum more shallowly and sparsely punctate than mesoscutum. MSC i: 0.7. Propodeum smoothly aciculo-rugose, without any carination. Fore wing. R 1 /Pl i: 1.0; r/Pw i: 1.0; r/ 2 Rs i: 1.8. Hind wing. Vannal lobe regularly rounded, hind margin regularly setose with setae longer on basal third. Legs. Hind coxa entirely densely punctate. Cx/T 1 i: 1.2; F i: 4.1.

Metasoma. Tergum 1 long, regularly narrowed toward apex, smooth with some punctures on apical half. Tergum 2 triangular, strongly widened posteriorly, polished. Hypopygium evenly sclerotised. Ovipositor short, straight, sheath setose on its entire length. T 1 a i: 3.8; T 1 b i: 2.0; T 1 /T 2 i: 2.4; T 2 a i: 0.6; T 2 b i: 1.6; T 2 /T 3 i: 0.9; OT i: 0.2.

MALE (1 specimen) B: 1.8; A: 2.9; L: 2.1. Similar to female.

Material examined. HOLOTYPE Ƥ (MNHN EY 8819) Verbatim label data: La Réunion N Sainte-Suzanne forêt Dugain 920 m, piège Malaise au sol dans une formation à Pandanus montanus  , 02/ 08.XII. 2001, Attié Marc leg.; complete. PARATYPES 1 Ƥ (MNHN EY 8820–8821) Plaine des Palmistes / Piton Bébour, alt. 1470m, XII. 2010, leg. P. Rousse; 13 Etang Salé, alt. 15m, VII. 2008, leg. IDR.

Etymology. The species is named after a sanskrit word " Chidra  " meaning "punctuations, holes". Thus the name of the species depicts the entirely punctate scutellum of the species.

Distribution records. Reunion.