Heterospilus tzutujil 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: 290-291

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Heterospilus tzutujil Marsh

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Heterospilus tzutujil Marsh  sp. n. Figure 197


Body size: 3.5 mm. Color: head dark brown; scape yellow with lateral longitudinal brown stripe, flagellum brown with apical white annulus, apical 3-5 flagellomeres brown; mesosoma with mesoscutum, pronotum and mesopleuron dark brown, propleuron and propodeum lighter brown; metasoma brown, terga 2 and 4-7 lighter brown; wing veins including stigma brown; legs yellow. Head: vertex granulate; frons granulate; face granulate; temple in dorsal view narrow, sloping behind eye, width less than 1/2 eye width; malar space equal to 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance about twice diameter of lateral ocellus; 29-31 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes granulate; notauli scrobiculate anteriorly, smooth posteriorly, meeting at scutellum in triangular costate area; scutellum weakly granulate; prescutellar furrow with 5 cross carinae; mesopleuron granulate; precoxal sulcus smooth, shorter than mesopleuron; venter granulate; propodeum with basal median areas margined, granulate, basal median carina absent, areola distinctly margined, areolar area with numerous distinct cross carinae, lateral areas rugose, propodeum with distinct tubercle above hind coxa at base of petiole. Wings: fore wing vein r shorter than vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R absent, vein M+CU shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum longitudinally costate, length slightly greater than apical width; second tergum longitudinally costate; anterior transverse groove present, straight; posterior transverse groove present; third tergum smooth except for costate transverse groove; terga 4-7 smooth; ovipositor equal to half length of metasoma.

Holotype female.

Top Label (white, printed) - Costa Rica: Puntarenas [;] San Vito, Las Cruces [;] Wilson Botanical Gardens [;] 18-22.iii.1990, 1150m [;] J.S. Noyes; second label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] tzutujil [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


Known only from the holotype.


The propodeal areola with strong cross carinae and the tubercles on the propodeum near the base of the petiole are distinctive for this species.


Named for the Tz’utujil, an indigenous Mayan people of Guatemala.