Heterospilus cocopa 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: 221-222

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Heterospilus cocopa Marsh

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Heterospilus cocopa Marsh  sp. n. Figure 150


Body size: 3.5 mm. Color: head bicolored, vertex and frons dark brown, face, temple and eye orbits honey yellow; scape yellow with lateral longitudinal brown stripe, flagellum honey yellow basally to dark brown apically without white annulus; mesosoma dark brown; metasomal terga dark brown, tergum 2 honey yellow medially, terga 5-7 honey yellow; wing veins brown, stigma bicolored brown with yellow at base; legs yellow. Head: vertex granulate; frons granulate; face granulate-rugose; temple in dorsal view narrow, sloping behind eye, width less than 1/2 eye width; malar space greater than 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance slightly greater than 2.5 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 24 flagellomeres (broken in type series). 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 distinctly margined, granulate, basal median carina absent, areola not distinctly margined, areolar area rugose, lateral areas rugose posteriorly, granulate anteriorly. Wings: fore wing vein r about equal to 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 present; third tergum costate basally, smooth apically; terga 4-7 smooth; ovipositor half as long as metasoma.

Holotype female.

Top label (white, printed) - Costa Rica: Guanacaste [;] Est. Biol. Maritza, 600m [;] i.1997, C. Zuniga, Malaise [;] L.N. 326900-373000 #47557; second label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] cocopa [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


1 ♀, same data as holotype (ESUW).


The honey yellow basal flagellomeres and the bicolored head and metasoma are distinctive for this species.


Named for the Cocopa, an indigenous people of Baja California, Mexico.