Archaeoteleia gilbertae Early , Early, J. W., Masner, L. & Johnson, N. F., 2007

Early, J. W., Masner, L. & Johnson, N. F., 2007, Revision of Archaeoteleia Masner (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea, Scelionidae)., Zootaxa 1655, pp. 1-48: 11-13

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Archaeoteleia gilbertae Early

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Archaeoteleia gilbertae Early  HNS  , new species

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Description: Female. Length 3.4-4.0 mm. Color: shiny dark brown in fresh specimens, without greenish-brown areas; cheeks, lateral pronotum, mesopleuron above mesopleural carina and coxae pale; scutellum yellow brown, usually paler than mesoscutum.

Head (Figs. 9-11): frons lacking swelling by inner orbits, head not or only weakly browed in dorsal view; occipital carina entire, slightly weaker and more crenulate medially than genal carina; A1 4.1-4.5 times longer than wide; A2 2.0-2.5 times longer than wide; A3 3.8-4.2 times longer than A2; flagellum with setae dense, appressed, flagellomeres without bristled appearance.

Mesosoma (Figs. 10-11): dorsal pronotum with transverse pronotal carina almost straight, only weakly curved around anterior margin of mesoscutum, epomial corners distinct but not strongly angulate or raised, width between epomial corners 0.8 times mesoscutum width; pronotal humeral carina well separated from mesoscutum, shoulders broad, at widest point 0.8-1.0 times width of tegula; vertical epomial carina very weak or absent; lateral pronotum including netrion finely coriarious; admedian lines subparallel to slightly divergent posteriorly, 1.4-2.0 times longer than separation of posterior ends; notaulus incomplete, if complete would attain scutal margin at or between epomial corners; scutellum bilobate, scutellar spines distinct; dorsellum smooth, without sculpture; mesopleural carina indistinct, not differentiated from longitudinal rugulae of the mesopleural depression; mesepisternum below depression with moderately dense setigerous punctures; upper half of metapleuron with small glabrous area anteriorly; medial excavation of propodeum with reticulate rugulose sculpture, medial carinae raised anteriorly to form a vertical toothlike structure bearing long erect setae; fore wing with distinct pigmented area under marginal vein between bulla and stigmal vein; postmarginal vein 3.0-3.2 times longer than marginal vein.

Metasoma (Figs. 8, 11) 3.4-3.7 times longer than wide; T1 slightly wider than long; T2-5 distinctly longer than wide; T6 2.3-2.6 times longer than wide; T1-5 with broad longitudinal furrow laterally, sometimes weaker in posterior tergites; costae of T1 strong but not more strongly impressed around base of horn, horn coriarious, tip shining and sometimes with weaker sculpture; T6 entirely coriarious-punctate and with some longitudinal carinulae; anterior lens-shaped area of S2 rounded to bluntly square in profile, never strongly angular or toothlike.

Male. Differs from female as follows: Length: 3.1-3.7 mm; A1 3.2-3.4 times longer than wide; A2 1.5- 1.7 times longer than wide; A3 5.0-5.9 times longer than A2; sex segment A5 only with basal carina.

Dorsellum strongly foveolate anteriorly, posterior half finely punctate; propodeum with dorsal surface entirely areolate-rugose, medial excavation weak.

Metasoma 3.5-4.0 times longer than wide; T1 with anterior margin raised medially, toothlike in profile; T1-5 without broad longitudinal dorsolateral furrows. Anterior lens-shaped area of S2 rounded or weakly angular in profile.

Diagnosis. Recognized by the following combination of characters: female body length 3.4-4.0 mm, male 3.1-3.7 mm long; clypeus with sharply angulate anterolateral corners; epomial corners not strongly angulate; transverse pronotal carina curved weakly around anterior margin of mesoscutum; scutellum bilobate, posterior corners with spine, always paler than mesoscutum; fore wing with pigmentation under marginal vein; female metasoma 3.4-3.7 times longer than wide, T6 2.3-2.6 times longer than wide; male antenna with sex segment A5 only.

Etymology. This species is named for Rosemary Gilbert who assisted with the field collection of many of the specimens in this study.

Distribution. This species is found in the top of the New Zealand's South Island (NN, MB) where it may be sympatric with A. novaezealandiae  HNS  and A. onamata  HNS  n.sp.

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Material examined. Holotype female: NEW ZEALAND: NN, Roding R, 220 m , 21- 26.III.2006, J.W. Early, R.F. Gilbert, Nothofagus forest , yellow pan trap, AMNZ 75111. Deposited in AMNZ. 

Paratypes: NEW ZEALAND: 5 males, 5 females with same data as holotype AMNZ 75112-75121 ( AMNZ)  ; NN, Roding V., second ford , 27.VII.1967, J.S. Dugdale, sweeping, male, OSUC 163617 ( NZAC)  ; NN, Nelson, Dun Track , 20.III.1971, E.W. Valentine, swept from low growth under Weinmannia 2 males, OSUC 163615, 163616 ( NZAC)  ; NN, Canaan, Harwoods Hole Tk, 800 m , 8.IV.2003, J.W. Early, swept Nothofagus forest , 3 males AMNZ 55806-55808 ( AMNZ)  ; NN, Harwoods Hole, 800 m , 20- 25.III.2006, Nothofagus forest , yellow pan trap, 8 males, female, AMNZ 75122-75130 ( AMNZ)  ; MB, Onamalutu Scenic Reserve, 100 m , 19- 26.III.2006, J.W. Early, R.F. Gilbert, kahikatea forest remnant , yellow pan trap, male, AMNZ 75132 ( AMNZ)  ; MB, Pelorus Bridge, 80 m , 20- 26.III.2006, J.W. Early, R.F. Gilbert, Nothofagus forest , yellow pan trap, 3 males, female, AMNZ 75133-75136 ( AMNZ)  ; MB, Wakamarina R., 80 m , 12.IV.2003, J.W. Early, Nothofagus forest , swept, male, AMNZ 53675 ( AMNZ)  ; MB, Wakamarina R., 100 m , J.W. Early, R.F. Gilbert, 18.III.2006, Nothofagus forest , swept, 11 males, 7 females, AMNZ 75137-75148, OSUC 179074, 179075 ( AMNZ, CNCI, LUNZ, OSUC). 


New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland Institute and Museum


New Zealand, Auckland, Landcare Research, New Zealand Arthropod Collection


Canada, Ontario, Ottawa, Canadian National Collection of Insects


New Zealand, Lincoln, Lincoln University


USA, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio State University