Aulacus costaricensis SMITH, 2008

Smith, David R., 2008, Aulacidae of the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America (Hymenoptera), Beiträge Zur Entomologie = Contributions to Entomology 58 (2), pp. 267-355 : 282-284

publication ID

https://doi.org/ 10.21248/contrib.entomol.58.2.267-355

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5458587

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/906C87C3-FFEF-6706-FF45-41B4EEFA620F

treatment provided by

Felipe

scientific name

Aulacus costaricensis SMITH
status

new species

Aulacus costaricensis SMITH , new species

( Figs 18-21 View Figs 18-21 )

Diagnosis:

Entirely black, only tarsi mostly whitish; forewing apex black. Head shining, no discernable punctures; mesoscutum shining, with coarse transverse carinae which are stronger posteriorly, but few punctures. Hind coxa smooth, shining.

Female:

Length, 11.0 mm; forewing length, 9.0 mm; ovipositor length 13.0 mm. Color: Black. Tarsi mostly whitish. Wings hyaline, veins and stigma black; apex of forewing black. Ovipositor sheath with white band. Head: Antennal length 3.3X head width. Lower interocular distance subequal to eye height; malar space 0.3X eye height ( Fig. 18 View Figs 18-21 ). In dorsal view, narrowing behind eyes, about 0.6X eye length ( Fig. 19 View Figs 18-21 ). Head smooth and shining with fine white pubescence, pubescence densest in lower inner orbits and malar area; gena and vertex practically impunctate; frons punctate, punctures almost contiguous ( Figs 18, 19 View Figs 18-21 ). Mesosoma: Propleuron smooth, shining, almost impunctate. Mesoscutal middle lobe with few punctures and transverse carinae; mesoscutal lateral lobes shining, inner margins with transverse carinae; notauli meeting posteriorly anterior to transscutal articulation ( Fig. 21 View Figs 18-21 ); axillae punctate; mesoscutellum punctate with few transverse carinae at center; pronotum finely punctate with anterior margin, diagonal line, and line perpendicular to diagonal line reticulate; mesopleuron, metapleuron, and propodeum mostly reticulate with posterior margin of mesopleuron narrowly scrobiculate ( Figs 20, 21 View Figs 18-21 ). Hind coxa smooth and shining, 2.1X longer than broad; diagonal ovipositor groove at center on inner surface. Hind basitarsus 1.1X length of remaining tarsal segments combined. Metasoma: Smooth, shining, with fine white pubescence on segments 6 to apex. Ovipositor length 1.4X forewing length.

Male: Length, 12.5 mm; forewing length, 10.5 mm. Color and structure similar to female.

Types: Holotype: Female, labeled “Fca. Cafrosa, 1300 m, Est. Las Mellizas, P. Intgernac. La Amistad , Prov. Punt., Costa Rica, M. Ramirez, Jun 1991, L-S-316100, 596100” and “Costa Rica INBIO CRI000 604300” ( INBio) (Fca.” = Finca ). Paratype: COSTA RICA: Puntarenas: Monteverde , 18-24 July 1990, coll. G. C. Snelling (1 ♂, LACM) .

Other specimen: Costa Rica, Prov. Puntarenas, Monte Verde area , 13-1700 m, 10°18'N, 84°48'W, 4-9.vi-1983, F. T. Hovore (1 ♀, CHAH) GoogleMaps .

Etymology: Named for Costa Rica, the country of collection.

Remarks:

The holotype and paratype have most of the hind tarsus white. The other specimen has the hind tarsus black, and I prefer not to include it in the type series although all other features are identical to the types.

INBio

National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica

LACM

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Curculionidae

Genus

Aulacus