Chromoteleia semilutea 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 semilutea Chen & Johnson

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Chromoteleia semilutea Chen & Johnson  sp. n. Figures 206-211


Body length of female: 5.28-5.50 mm (n = 10). Body length of male: 4.30-4.83 mm (n = 3). Color of A1: yellow to orange. A6 in female: as wide as long. A5 in female: distinctly longer than wide. A6 in male: as long as wide. Number of basiconic sensilla on A7: 0. Number of basiconic sensilla on A12: 2. Sculpture of dorsal A1: striate. Color of head: black. Sculpture of frons directly above interantennal process: transversely striate to rugose. Central keel: complete, extending from interantennal process to median ocellus. Ventral margin of clypeus: straight. Granulate microsculpture of dorsal frons: absent. Occipital carina: interrupted medially. Granulate microsculpture of vertex: absent. Sculpture of occiput: smooth. Sculpture of gena: dorsoventrally strigose.

Color of mesosoma: orange. Sculpture of epicoxal lobe posterior of propleural epicoxal sulcus: smooth. Sculpture of lateral pronotal area above pronotal cervical sulcus: smooth throughout. Sculpture of netrion: transversely striate. Microsculpture of mesoscutum: granulate. Macrosculpture of mesoscutal midlobe: punctate rugose throughout. Macrosculpture of lateral lobe of mesoscutum: punctate rugose. Sculpture of notaulus: foveate. Notaular foveae: interconnected. Median mesoscutal carina: present along full length 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: smooth. Mesopleural carina: absent. Sculpture of mesepisternum below femoral depression: largely smooth, punctate rugose anteriorly and directly below femoral depression. Sculpture of dorsal metapleural area: rugose. Setation of dorsal metapleural area: absent. Setation of area directly dorsal to the metapleural triangle: absent. Sculpture of ventral metapleural area: rugose throughout. Color of legs: orange yellow throughout. Length of hind basitarsus: about as long as remaining segments combined. Sculpture of hind coxa: largely smooth, with sparse fine punctures.

Length of postmarginal vein: distinctly longer than stigmal vein.

Color of metasoma in female: mostly black with T1-T3 orange to dark brown. Color of metasoma in male: mostly black with T1-T3 orange to dark brow. Horn on T1 in female: present. Striae of posterior margin of T1 in female: dense. Striae of T1 in male: dense. Transverse sulcus on T2: present. Sculpture of T2: densely longitudinally striate, punctate rugulose in interstices. Sculpture of T6 in female: longitudinally punctate rugose. Length of T6 in female: approximately as long as 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: granulate. Posterior margin of T7 in male: straight. Sculpture of medial S2: densely punctate to punctate rugose.


This species can be distinguished from other Chromoteleia  species by the following combination of characters: metasoma with T1-T3 orange to dark brown, frons with central keel complete, mesopleural carina absent.


The name semilutea  refers to the half orange metasoma of this species and is used as an adjective in apposition.

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Material examined.

Holotype, female: BELIZE: Orange Walk Dist., Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area, 15. VII– 21.VII.1996, Malaise trap, P. Kovarik, OSUC577506 (deposited in CNCI). Paratypes: (9 females, 3 males) BELIZE: 3 females, 1 male, OSUC577505 ( CNCI); OSUC225288, 232143, 47912 ( OSUC). MEXICO: 6 females, 2 males, OSUC556945-556946, 577501-577504, 586774 ( CNCI); OSUC586773 ( OSUC).