Chromoteleia levitas Chen & Johnson

Chen, Hua-yan, Talamas, Elijah J., Valerio, Alejandro A., Masner, Lubomir & Johnson, Norman F., 2018, Revision of the World species of the genus Chromoteleia Ashmead (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae, Scelioninae), ZooKeys 778, pp. 1-95: 5

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Chromoteleia levitas Chen & Johnson

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Chromoteleia levitas Chen & Johnson  sp. n. Figures 134-139


Body length of female: 5.68-6.60 mm (n = 20). Body length of male: 4.60-5.10 mm (n = 8). Color of A1: yellow to orange. A6 in female: as wide as long. A5 in female: distinctly longer than wide. A6 in male: approximately 2.0 × longer than wide. Number of basiconic sensilla on A7: 0. Number of basiconic sensilla on A12: 1. Sculpture of dorsal A1: striate. Color of head: black. Sculpture of frons directly above interantennal process: transversely striate to rugose. Central keel: present only in ventral portion of frons. Ventral margin of clypeus: pointed. Granulate microsculpture of dorsal frons: absent. Occipital carina: complete. Granulate microsculpture of vertex: absent. Sculpture of occiput: smooth. Sculpture of gena: punctate rugose dorsally and ventrally, strigose medially.

Color of mesosoma: variably orange to black. Sculpture of epicoxal lobe posterior of propleural epicoxal sulcus: smooth. Sculpture of lateral pronotal area above pronotal cervical sulcus: smooth dorsally, rugose ventrally. Sculpture of netrion: punctate rugose anteriorly, smooth posteriorly. Microsculpture of mesoscutum: granulate. Macrosculpture of mesoscutal midlobe: punctate rugose throughout. Macrosculpture of lateral lobe of mesoscutum: punctate rugose. Sculpture of notaulus: smooth. Median mesoscutal carina: present anteriorly, not extending to posterior margin of mesoscutum. Mesoscutellum in lateral view: convex. Sculpture of mesoscutellum: densely punctate rugose. Shape of metascutellum: trapezoidal with broad posterior margin. Median metascutellar carina: present. Sculpture of metascutellum: rugose. Sculpture of lateral propodeal area: rugose. Mesopleural carina: present. Sculpture of mesepisternum below femoral depression: largely smooth, punctate rugose anteriorly and directly below femoral depression. Sculpture of dorsal metapleural area: rugose; smooth. Setation of dorsal metapleural area: absent. Setation of area directly dorsal to the metapleural triangle: absent. Sculpture of ventral metapleural area: rugose throughout; rugose anteriorly, smooth posteriorly. Color of legs: orange yellow throughout. Length of hind basitarsus: about as long as remaining segments combined. Sculpture of hind coxa: densely punctate.

Length of postmarginal vein: approximately as long as stigmal vein.

Color of metasoma in female: black. Color of metasoma in male: black. Horn on T1 in female: present. Striae of posterior margin of T1 in female: dense. Striae of T1 in male: sparse. Transverse sulcus on T2: present. Sculpture of T2: densely longitudinally striate, punctate rugulose in interstices. Sculpture of T6 in female: densely longitudinally striate, with fine punctures in interstices. Length of T6 in female: at least 1.5 × longer than wide. Shape of T6 in female in lateral view: flat. Apical spine on female T6: absent. Sculpture of T6 in male: densely punctate. Sculpture of T7 in male: densely punctate. Posterior margin of T7 in male: emarginate medially between rounded projections. Sculpture of medial S2: densely longitudinally striate with fine punctures in interstices.


This species is similar to C. rara  , but it can be distinguished by the combination of the smooth notaulus smooth and striate A1.


The epithet is inspired by the Latin word for smoothness, in reference to the mostly smooth metapleuron, and is intended to be treated as a noun.

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Material examined.

Holotype, female: BRAZIL: RO, 62 km S Ariquemes, Rancho Grande Farm, 12. XI– 22.XI.1991, E. M. Fisher, OSUC577476 (deposited in CNCI). Paratypes: (43 females, 8 males) BRAZIL: 21 females, 5 males, OSUC149642, 202510 ( AEIC); OSUC577471-577474, 577477, 577479-577482, 584157-584158, 584331-584333 ( CNCI); OSUC354579, 380243 ( MPEG); OSUC577475, 577478, 577483, 584153, 584326 ( OSUC); OSUC225307-225308, 225311 ( USNM). COLOMBIA: 5 females, OSUC143982, 193662 ( IAVH); OSUC228672, 269686, 274926 ( OSUC). COSTA RICA: 1 female, OSUC584243 ( CNCI). ECUADOR: 7 females, 2 males, OSUC585091-585096, 585098, 586529 ( CNCI); OSUC586530 ( OSUC). FRENCH GUIANA: 6 females, OSUC555802, 555817, 555820, 555822, 586853 ( CNCI); OSUC555823 ( OSUC). PERU: 2 females, 1 male, OSUC584306, 584317 ( CNCI); OSUC320746 ( USNM). SURINAME: 1 female, OSUC584296 ( CNCI). Other material: PERU: 1 female, 1 male, SEMC0983802, SEMC0985301T (KUNH).