Heterospilus breviarius Marsh

Marsh, Paul M., Wild, Alexander L. & Whitfield, James B., 2013, The Doryctinae (Braconidae) of Costa Rica: genera and species of the tribe Heterospilini, ZooKeys 347, pp. 1-474: 322-323

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Heterospilus breviarius Marsh

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Heterospilus breviarius Marsh  sp. n. Figure 215


Body size: 2.0 mm. Color: head with vertex and frons brown, face yellow; scape yellow without lateral brown stripe; flagellum brown, basal 1-3 flagellomeres yellow; mesosoma and metasoma brown; wing veins including stigma light brown; legs yellow except femora light brown. Head: vertex smooth; frons smooth; face smooth but weakly striate medially; temple in dorsal view broad, width equal to 1/2 eye width; malar space greater than 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance slightly greater than 2.5 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 13 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes weakly granulate or smooth; notauli scrobiculate, meeting posteriorly in triangular costate area; scutellum smooth; prescutellar furrow with 1 cross carina; mesopleuron smooth; precoxal sulcus scrobiculate, extending to posterior margin of mesopleuron by distinct striae; venter smooth; propodeum with basal median areas margined, granulate, basal median carina absent, areola not margined, areolar area rugose, lateral areas entirely rugose. Wings: fore wing vein r shorter than vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a slightly beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R present, vein M+CU shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum longitudinally costate-granulate, length greater than apical width; second tergum longitudinally costate-granulate; anterior transverse groove weak, straight; posterior transverse groove absent; third tergum entirely smooth; terga 4-7 smooth; ovipositor as long as metasoma.

Holotype female.

Top label (white, partially printed and hand written) - Costa Rica: Guanacaste [;] Santa Rosa Natl. Park [;] 300m, ex. Malaise trap [;] Site #: H-2-O [;] Dates: 20 XII 86-10 I 1987 [;] I.D. Gauld & D. Janzen; second label (white, printed) - [H] open regenerating [;] woodland <10 years old [;] [O] in clearing, fully [;] isolated part of day; third label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] breviarius [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


Known only from the holotype.


The short antennae, long ovipositor and single cross carina in the prescutellar furrow are distinctive for this species.


The specific name is from the Latin breviarius, meaning shortened, in reference to the short antennae.