Heterospilus gouleti 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: 79-81

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Heterospilus gouleti Marsh

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Heterospilus gouleti Marsh  sp. n. Figures 50, 51


Body size: 3.5-4.0 mm. Color: head brown to dark brown; scape honey yellow with lateral longitudinal brown stripe; flagellum brown with apical 10-12 flagellomeres white; mesosoma dark brown, mesoscutal lobes usually lighter brown; metasomal terga 1, 2 and base of 3 dark brown or black, apex or tergum 3, and all of terga 4-5 lighter brown, base of tergum 6 brown, apex yellow, tergum 7 yellow; wing veins including stigma brown; legs yellow, hind femur yellow on basal 1/4, brown of apical 3/4, hind tarsus often brown. Head: vertex weakly striate, often smooth near eyes; frons weakly striate or smooth; face smooth; temple in dorsal view narrow, sloping behind eye, width less than 1/2 eye wide; malar space equal to or slightly greater than 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance twice diameter of lateral ocellus; 29-31 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes granulate; notauli scrobiculate, meeting at scutellum in triangular costate area; scutellum granulate; prescutellar furrow with 1 distinct median carina and 2 weaker carinae laterally; mesopleuron granulate; precoxal sulcus smooth, shorter than mesopleuron; venter granulate; propodeum with basal median areas margined, granulate, basal median carina absent, areola not distinctly margined, areolar area rugose, lateral areas rugose posteriorly, smooth or granulate anteriorly, distinct tubercle present laterally on each side of base of metasomal tergum 1 above hind coxa. 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 or porcate, apical width less than length; second tergum longitudinally costate or porcate; anterior transverse groove present, straight; posterior transverse groove present; third tergum costate at base, smooth apically; terga 4-7 smooth; ovipositor as long as metasoma.

Holotype female.

Top label (white, printed) - Costa Rica, Heredia [;] Puerto Viejo, 100m [;] OTS-La Selva [;] III-1991 P. Hanson; second label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] gouleti [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


1 ♀, top label - COSTA RICA: Heredia [;] Pr: La Selva Biol. Sta. [;] 3km S Pto. Viejo [;] 10°26'N, 84°01'W; second label - 27.VII.1992 [;] H.A. Hespenheide (ESUW). 1 ♀, Costa Rica-Heredia Prov. [;] Las Selva Biological Station [;] 10°26'N, 84°01'W 100m [;] Malaise trap 13, #315 [;] 3.i.1994 [;] Project ALAS (M.13.315) (ESUW). 1 ♀, Costa Rica, Puntarenas [;] R.F.Golfo Dulce, 5km. W. [;] Piedras Blancas, 100m [;] VI-VII-1993, P. Hanson (ESUW). 1 ♀, COSTA RICA, Alajuela [;] Finca La Selva [;] NE Dos Rios, 400m [;] 27/III.88, Col. Hanson (ESUW). 1 ♀, Costa Rica: Limon [;] Sector Cocori, 100m [;] 30km N Cariari, i.1995 [;] E. Rojas, Malaise #4526 [;] L.N. 268000-567500 (ESUW). 1 ♀, Costa Rica: Limon, ACLAC [;] Central, R.B. Hitoy Cerere [;] Send. Espavel, 560m [;] 19. v– 19.vi.1998, E. Rojas [;] L.S. 400702-570120 #52200 [;] Malaise Trap (ESUW). 1 ♀, COSTA RICA, Guanac. [;] Estac. Pitilia, 9Km S [;] Santa Cecilia, 700m [;] IX/1988, I.Gauld (ESUW). 1 ♀, Rancho Quemado, 200m, [;] Peninsula de Osa, Prov. Punt. [;] COSTA RICA. Set 1991. F. [;] Quesada. L-S-292500-511000 (INBC). 1 ♀, COSTA RICA. Prov. Puntarenas, [;] Golfito, P.N. Corcovado, Send a [;] Sirena, 100m, 05 MAY 2001. J. Azofeifa Libre. L_S_276500_514200 (INBC).


This species is distinguished by the tubercle on the propodeum just above the hind coxa, the strongly costate metasomal terga 1-2 and the brown flagellum with apical flagellomeres 10-12 being white.


Named for my friend and colleague Henri Goulet.