Heterospilus shenefelti 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: 160-162

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Heterospilus shenefelti Marsh

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Heterospilus shenefelti Marsh  sp. n. Figure 110


Body size: 3.5-4.0 mm. Color: head with vertex and frons brown, face, temple and eye orbits light brown or honey yellow; scape yellow without lateral longitudinal brown stripe, flagellum brown; mesosoma dark brown; metasomal terga 1-4 dark brown, terga 5-7 yellow; wing veins including stigma brown; legs yellow. Head: vertex transversely costate; frons transversely costate; face striate; temple in dorsal view narrow, width less than 1/2 eye width; malar space greater than 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance about 2.5 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 26-32 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes granulate and dull; notauli scrobiculate, meeting at scutellum in wide rectangular rugose area; scutellum granulate; prescutellar furrow with 3 cross carinae; mesopleuron granulate; precoxal sulcus scrobiculate, shorter than mesopleuron; venter granulate; propodeum with basal median areas margined, granulate, basal median carina present, short, areola usually not distinctly margined, areolar area rugose, lateral areas entirely rugose. Wings: fore wing vein r shorter than 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, apical width equal to length; second tergum longitudinally costate, width slightly less than 4 times length; anterior transverse groove present, sinuate; posterior transverse groove present; third tergum costate basally, smooth apically; terga 4-7 smooth; ovipositor as long as length of metasomal terga 1+2.

Holotype female.

Top label (white, printed) - COSTA RICA: Puntarenas [;] R. F. Golfo Dulce, [;] 24km W. Piedras Blancas, [;] 200m [;] Feb. 1992, Paul Hanson; second label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] shenefelti [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


1 ♀, Costa Rica: Limon [;] Sector Cocori, 100m [;] 30km N Cariari, i.1995 [;] E. Rojas, Malaise #4526 [;] L.N. 286000-567500 (ESUW). 1 ♀, Costa Rica: Guanacaste [;] Est. Biol. Maritza, 600m [;] i.1997, C. Zuniga, Malaise [;] L.N. 3269000-373000 #47557 (ESUW).


The striate face and short ovipositor are distinctive for this species.


Named for the late R. D. Shenefelt in recognition of his monumental work on braconid literature.