Paraheterospilus eumekus 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: 17-18

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Paraheterospilus eumekus Marsh

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Paraheterospilus eumekus Marsh  sp. n.


Body size: 2.0 mm. Color: body dark brown; scape and pedicel yellow, flagellum brown; legs yellow; wing veins including stigma brown. Head: vertex smooth, dorsal-lateral corners sharply angled; frons smooth; face weakly striate or striate-granulate; temple in dorsal view narrow, sloping behind eye, with less than 1/2 eye height; malar space about 1/4 eye height; ocelli small, ocell-ocular distance nearly 4 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 16 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes granulate; notauli shallow, scrobiculate, meeting posteriorly in small triangular costate area; scutellum usually smooth, occasionally weakly granulate; prescutellar furrow with 3-5 cross carinae; mesopleuron weakly granulate, often smooth just above precoxal sulcus; precoxal sulcus weakly scrobiculate or smooth, shorter than mesopleuron; venter smooth; propodeum sharply declivous posteriorly, dorsal surface short, basal median areas margined but short, granulate, basal median carina absent, areola not distinct, areolar area rugose, lateral areas entirely rugose. Wings: fore wing vein r shorter than vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a interstitial with or slightly beyond vein 1M, stigma short and broad, width more than twice length of vein r; hind wing vein SC+R absent, vein M+CU equal to or slightly shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum longitudinally costate, length slightly greater than apical width; second tergum longitudinally costate, width about 3 times median length; third tergum smooth, anterior and posterior grooves absent; terga 4-7 smooth; ovipositor longer than metasoma, often as long as body.



Holotype female.

Top label (white, printed) - COSTA RICA, Prov. Puntarenas, [;] Est. Rio Bonito, 2.3Km ai O. del [;] Cerro la Gamba, 110m, 9-26 MAR [;] 1996, E. Fletes. [;] L_S_293900_547075 #8308; second label - INBio bar code; third label (red, printed) - HOLOTYPE [;] Paraheterospilus [;] eumekus Marsh. Deposited in INBC.


1 ♀, Est. Pitilia, 700m, 9km S [;] Sta. Cecilia, P.N. Guana- [;] caste, Prov. Guanacaste, [;] Costa Rica, 27 jui a 14 [;] ago 1992, P.Rios [;] L-N 830200,380200 (INBC). 1 ♀, top label - Costa Rica: Puntarenas [;] A.C.O., Golfito, Reserva [;] Forestal Golfo Dulce [;] Est. Agujas, 250-350m; second label - 2-22 October 1999 [;] J. Azofeifa, Red de Golpe [;] L-S-276750-526550 #53491 (ESUW).


The very long ovipositor, often as long as the body, will distinguish this species from the others in the genus.


The specific name is from the Greek eumekes, meaning of great length, in reference to the long ovipositor.