Paranaphoidea (Idiocentrus) africana Huber & Triapitsyn

Huber, John T. & Triapitsyn, Serguei V., 2017, Two genera of Mymaridae (Hymenoptera) new to Africa, a remarkable new species of Anaphes and new generic synonymy, ZooKeys 658, pp. 39-61: 44-46

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Paranaphoidea (Idiocentrus) africana Huber & Triapitsyn

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Paranaphoidea (Idiocentrus) africana Huber & Triapitsyn  sp. n. Figs 17-19, 20, 21, 22-24

Type material.

Holotype female ( UCRC) on slide (Fig. 17) labelled: 1. " Paranaphoidea africana  Huber & Triapitsyn ♀ lateral Holotype". 2. "Nigeria: Osun State Ile-Ife, 215m, MT Obafemi Awololo [sic] Univ. 7°31'16"N, 4°31'20"E ". 3. " UCRC Mounted by V.V. Berezovskiy 2015 in Canada balsam JDR 2016-818".


Female. Clava 3-segmented (division between segment 1 and 2 faint), fl1 1.54 × as long as fl2 and without mps (Fig. 24). Paranaphoidea africana  differs in claval segmentation from the Australian species of Paranaphoidea (Paranaphoidea)  , all of which have a 2-segmented clava. It is most similar to Paranaphoidea (Idiocentrus) mira  from New Zealand. It differs from a non-type specimen (in CNC) of Paranaphoidea mira  by its fore wing wider (narrower in Paranaphoidea mira  , with length/width = 4.88), the hind wing uniformly narrow from apex of venation to just before wing apex and length/width = 16.3 (hind wing slightly wider towards apex, with length/width = 13.7 in Paranaphoidea mira  ).


Mesosoma + metasoma length 1180 (head mounted face view so its length cannot be measured). Body brown (presumably) except frenum yellowish; upper half of occiput, pedicel, and perhaps also pronotum laterally, propodeum laterally and metapleuron lighter brown; legs except coxae lighter than body (cleared specimen so colour not really known) (Figs 18, 22, 23). Fore wing margin narrowly but distinctly margined with brown, otherwise with faint uniform brown tinge behind submarginal vein and parastigma (except narrowly immediately behind submarginal vein) and along proximal third of hind margin. Hind wing with apical half slightly suffused with brown (Fig. 19).

Head. Head width 236 (eyes collapsed so width should be slightly wider) (Figs 20, 21).

Antenna. Funicle without mps on fl1 and with 2 mps on fl2-fl6 (Fig. 24); clava with 7 mps, 2 each on segments 1 and 2, and 3 on segment 3 (Fig. 24). Measurements (length/width) of antennal segments: scape 100/30, pedicel 55/24, fl1 ≈50/18, fl2 94/19, fl3 93/18, fl4 87/18, fl5 86/18, fl6 86/21, entire clava 181/50, with segments 1-3 (measured along dorsal margin) 40, 50, and 92, respectively. Length/width ratios of antennal segments: scape 3.33, pedicel 2.25, fl1 2.84, fl2 4.90, fl3 5.04, fl4 4.93, fl5 4.88, fl6 4.13, entire clava 3.65.

Mesosoma. Frenum poorly sclerotized and collapsed inward (Figs 22, 23).

Wings. Fore wing with evenly rounded apex, without microtrichia behind and just beyond venation, then microtrichia evenly distributed to wing apex. Hind wing parallel-sided throughout its length beyond venation and apex pointed, with a few widely spaced proximally beyond venation then microtrichia more numerous in apical 0.4 of wing between the usual anterior and posterior rows (Fig. 19). Fore wing length 954, width 222, length/width 4.30, longest marginal setae 128. Hind wing length 872, width 47, longest marginal setae 118.

Metasoma. Ovipositor length 1300, 4.15 × as long as metatibia length (313) and extending anteriorly well forward of head (if it were attached and in its normal position) (Fig. 18).

Male. Unknown.

Derivation of species name.

The species is named after the continent of Africa, because this is the first species of Paranaphoidea  reported from there.