Chromoteleia aequalis 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 aequalis Chen & Johnson

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Chromoteleia aequalis Chen & Johnson  sp. n. Figures 30-35


Body length of female: 6.88-7.27 mm (n = 3). Body length of male: 5.90-6.20 mm (n = 3). Color of A1: yellow to orange. A6 in female: distinctly longer than wide. A5 in female: distinctly longer than wide. A6 in male: approximately 2.0 × longer than 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: present, interrupted medially. Ventral margin of clypeus: pointed. 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: black. Sculpture of epicoxal lobe posterior of propleural epicoxal sulcus: densely punctate. Sculpture of lateral pronotal area above pronotal cervical sulcus: smooth dorsally, rugose ventrally. Sculpture of netrion: densely punctate. Microsculpture of mesoscutum: granulate. Macrosculpture of mesoscutal midlobe: densely punctate. Macrosculpture of lateral lobe of mesoscutum: densely punctate. Sculpture of notaulus: foveate. Notaular foveae: discrete. Median mesoscutal carina: present anteriorly, not extending to posterior margin of mesoscutum. Mesoscutellum in lateral view: flat. Sculpture of mesoscutellum: densely punctate rugose. Shape of metascutellum: trapezoidal with broad posterior margin. Median metascutellar carina: absent or indistinguishable from sculpture. Sculpture of metascutellum: areolate. Sculpture of lateral propodeal area: rugose. Mesopleural carina: absent. Sculpture of mesepisternum below femoral depression: smooth directly below femoral depression, otherwise densely punctate. Sculpture of dorsal metapleural area: rugose. Setation of dorsal metapleural area: absent. Setation of area directly dorsal to the metapleural triangle: present. Sculpture of ventral metapleural area: rugose anteriorly, smooth posteriorly. Color of legs: pale yellow with tarsi dark brown to black. Length of hind basitarsus: distinctly longer than remaining segments combined. Sculpture of hind coxa: densely punctate.

Length of postmarginal vein: distinctly longer than stigmal vein.

Color of metasoma in female: black. Color of metasoma in male: black. 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: longitudinally punctate rugose. Sculpture of T6 in female: densely longitudinally striate, with fine punctures in interstices. Length of T6 in female: at least 1.5 × longer than wide. Shape of T6 in female in lateral view: flat. Apical spine on female T6: absent. Sculpture of T6 in male: densely longitudinally striate with fine punctures in interstices. Sculpture of T7 in male: smooth to coriaceous. Posterior margin of T7 in male: straight. Sculpture of medial S2: densely punctate to punctate rugose.


This species is easily recognized by its entirely black body both in female and male, densely punctate mesoscutum, and abbreviated median mesoscutal carina.


The epithet is inspired by the Latin word for equal, in reference to the black body color shared by males and females, and is intended to be treated as an adjective.

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Material examined.

Holotype, female: DOMINICA: Saint Paul Parish, Springfield, 94/017, Archbold Tropical Research Center (ATRC), 27.V.1994, J. B. Woolley, OSUC221942 (deposited in TAMU). Paratypes: (2 females, 3 males) DOMINICA: 1 female, 3 males, OSUC584722-584725 ( TAMU). GUYANA: 1 female, OSUC215798 ( BPBM).