Heterospilus ixcatec 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: 234-236

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Heterospilus ixcatec Marsh

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Heterospilus ixcatec Marsh  sp. n. Figures 158, 159


Body size: 2.0 mm. Color: body dark brown, metasomal tergum 1 apically, tergum 2 medially and tergum 7 yellow; scape yellow without lateral brown stripe, flagellum brown; legs yellow. Head: vertex granulate; frons granulate; face granulate-rugose; temple in dorsal view narrow, sloping behind eye, width equal to 1/2 eye width; malar space greater than 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance about 2.5 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 23-24 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes granulate; notauli scrobiculate, meeting at scutellum in triangular rugose area; scutellum granulate; prescutellar furrow with 3-5 cross carinae; mesopleuron granulate; precoxal sulcus scrobiculate, shorter than mesopleuron; venter granulate; propodeum with basal median areas small and indistinct, not margined, granulate, basal median carina absent, areola not margined, areolar area areolate-rugose, lateral areas entirely rugose. Wings: fore wing vein r shorter than vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R present, vein M+CU shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum longitudinally costate, length equal to apical width; second tergum longitudinally costate; anterior transverse groove present, straight; posterior transverse groove weakly present or absent; third tergum costate at extreme base, remainder smooth; terga 4-7 smooth; ovipositor as long as metasomal terga 1 and 2 combined.

Holotype female.

Top label (white, partially printed and hand written) - Costa Rica: Guanacaste [;] Santa Rosa Natl. Park [;] 500m, ex. Malaise trap [;] Site #: BH-11-O [;] Dates: 8. ii– 2.iii.1986 [;] I.D. Gauld & D. Janzen; second label (white, printed) - [BH] Bosque Humedo [;] mature evergreen dry forest [;] [O] in clearing, fully [;] isolated part of day; third label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] ixcatec [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


2 ♀♀, same data as holotype except: Site #: BH-9-O and BH-12-C; Dates: 13. iv– 4.v.1986 and 2-23.iii.1986; second label - [BH] Bosque Humedo [;] mature evergreen dry forest [;] [C] more or less fully [;] shaded as possible (ESUW). 1 ♀, top label - Costa Rica: Guanacaste [;] Santa Rosa National Pk. [;] 300m, Malaise, Ian Gauld [;] 31. i– 21.ii.1987; second label - Bosque Humedo [;] Mature dry forest [;] high proportion [;] Evergreen species [;] Sun (ESUW). 1 ♀, Costa Rica: Guanacaste [;] P. N. Guanacaste [;] below Pitilla, 500m [;] 7-8.iii.1990, J. S. Noyes (ESUW).


The short squat body, the rugose area where the notauli meet and the bicolored metasomal terga are distinctive for this species.


Named for the Ixcatec, an indigenous people of Mexico.