Paridris densiclava (Kieffer)

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 densiclava (Kieffer)


Paridris densiclava (Kieffer)  Figures 36-39; Morphbank 19

Paranteris densiclava  Kieffer, 1910: 293, 553 (original description. Keyed); Kieffer 1912: 65, 67 (redescribed as new, keyed); Kieffer 1926: 430, 431 (description, keyed).

Paridris densiclava  (Kieffer): Masner 1965: 88 (type information, generic transfer).


Female body length: 1.15 mm (n=1).

Color of head: reddish brown. Distal margin of clypeus: smooth. 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. Central keel: absent. Macrosculpture of frons between median ocellus and inner orbit of eye: absent. Microsculpture on dorsal head: pustulate. Shape of gena: weakly to moderately receding posterior to eye. Macrosculpture of posterior vertex: absent. Occipital carina above occipital foramen: simple. Anterior margin of occipital carina above occipital foramen: comprised of cells. Ventral extent of occipital carina: extending to base of mandible.

Color of mesosoma: pale brown.

Shape of pronotal shoulder in dorsal view: narrow and striplike. Transverse pronotal carina: present in posterior half of pronotum.

Anterior notaulus: absent. Shape of posterior notaulus: ovoid. Microsculpture on anterior half of medial mesoscutum: pustulate. Macrosculpture of anterior medial mesoscutum: irregularly rugulose. Pattern of punctation density on medial mesoscutum: increasing anteriorly. Scutoscutellar sulcus: comprised of round cells. Median carina on posterior mesoscutellum: absent. Posterior scutellar sulcus: comprised of deep cells.

Punctures on dorsal part of posterior mesepimeral area: absent. Striae ventrad of mesopleural carina: absent.

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

Setation of metapleural triangle: sparse. Paracoxal and metapleural sulci: separate. Dorsal metapleural area: smooth defined area.

Anterior projection of the propodeum: absent. Setation of metasomal depression: absent. Posterior projection of the propodeum: present as a point formed by plical and lateral propodeal carinae. Plical carina: present. Lateral propodeal area: raised above propodeal surface and indicated by lesser setation. Shape of lateral propodeal area: continuous with prespiracular propodeal area. Sculpture of lateral propodeal area: weakly to moderately rugose.

Length of postmarginal vein: equal to stigmalis. Rs in fore wing: spectral. 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 cubito-medial area in female: hyaline. Color of anal margin in female: hyaline. RS+M in forewing: nebulous. Basal vein in hind wing: spectral. Setation of hind wing: uniform throughout.

Color of metasoma: reddish brown. Longitudinal median carina on horn of T1: absent. Armature on posterior surface of T1 horn: absent. Patch of dense fine setae on anterolateral T1: absent. Constriction of apical T6 in female: absent.


Paridris densiclava  shares the smoothly convex shape of T6 with Paridris nigriclava  , and differs by having a postmarginal vein as long as the stigmal vein. This venation is shared by Paridris nitidiceps  , also from the Seychelles and known from a single male. We separate these species on the basis of the complete notaulus and punctate posterior mesepimeral area in Paridris nitidiceps  . The notaulus of Paridris densiclava  is present as a single fovea on the posterior margin of the mesoscutum and the posterior mesepimeral area is entirely smooth.

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Material examined.

Holotype, female, Paridris densiclava  : SEYCHELLES: Mahé Isl., scrubby forest vegetation, top of Mount Sebert, 1800ft+, I-1909, B.M. TYPE HYM. 9.454 (deposited in BMNH).