Epsilogaster masoni , Bortoni, Marco Aurélio, Souza-Gessner, Carolina Da Silva & Penteado-Dias, Angélica Maria, 2016

Bortoni, Marco Aurélio, Souza-Gessner, Carolina Da Silva & Penteado-Dias, Angélica Maria, 2016, The subfamily Mendesellinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in Brazil, with the description of six new species, Zootaxa 4200 (3), pp. 406-416: 408-410

publication ID

http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4200.3.6

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:6B184BCD-75D0-4D24-9909-A2F5D9218915

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/F63F4C1B-FFDF-FFBC-FF02-FB6CFB72FF45

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scientific name

Epsilogaster masoni
status

sp. n.

Epsilogaster masoni  sp. n. Bortoni & Penteado-Dias

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Material examined. Holotype female ( DCBUAbout DCBU 17298View Materials) “ Mossoró, RN, Brasil, Faz. Santa Júlia, S 5°01'25" W 37°22'57", Armadilha Malaise, 01.VI.2007, D.R.R. Fernandes col.“GoogleMaps  . Paratypes: one female ( DCBUAbout DCBU 18367View Materials) and five males ( DCBUAbout DCBU 18362View Materials to 18366) same data as holotypeGoogleMaps  ; two females (DCBU 17299, 18368) and one male (DCBU 18369) “Mossoró, RN, Brasil, Faz. Santa Júlia, S 5°01'25" W 37°22'57", Armadilha Malaise , 01.VIII.2007, D.R.R. Fernandes col.”; one female ( DCBUAbout DCBU 1View Materials 8070) “ Mossoró, RNGoogleMaps  , Brasil, Faz. Santa Júlia, S 5°01'25" W 37°22'57", Armadilha Malaise , 06.IX.2007, D.R.R. Fernandes col.”; one female ( DCBUAbout DCBU 184372View Materials) “ Piracuruca, PIGoogleMaps  , Brasil, Parque Nacional de Sete Cidades , S 04°06'09" W 41°42'33", Armadilha Malaise, 626m, 10.III.2014, C.R. Araújo col.”GoogleMaps 

Description of female (holotype). Body length: 3.4 mm; fore wing length: 3.2 mm

Color. Head dark yellow except for scape laterally, pedicel basally and flagellomeres dark brown. Mesosoma, tegula and legs yellow, except for apex of hind tibia and hind tarsus darker. Metasoma yellow, ovipositor and sheaths darker.

Head. Entirely finely punctate. Antenna with 37 flagellomeres.

Mesosoma. Mesoscutum smooth. Notaulus crenulate. Propleuron finely punctate. Pronotum smooth with a striate groove. Scutellar sulcus with five carinae, scutellum smooth. Mesopleuron smooth. Metapleuron rugose. Propodeum strongly rugose with a semi parallel sided areola with a series of small transverse carinae that do not cross the areola or reach the lateral margin of propodeum.

Wings. Infuscate, venation brown.

Legs. All legs smooth.

Metasoma. Apical width of first metasomal tergite 0.85 × basal width. Length of first metasomal tergite 5.0 × apical width. Hypopygium 2.3 × as long as wide. Ovipositor sheaths as long as hind tibia. First metasomal tergite with longitudinal carina so close to margin that is almost unnoticed, smooth but area near spiracle weakly aciculate. Mid arm of sclerotization pattern of second metasomal tergite reaching posterior margin, remaining terga smooth.

Male. Darker color pattern in hind tarsi usually and apex of hind tibia light brownish, antennae with 35–36 flagellomeres. Body length: 3.3 mm to 3.4 mm. Fore wing length: 3.2 mm.

Variation. Hind leg color sometimes darker yellowish than holotype, but not light brownish as in males. Antenna with 35 flagellomeres. Body length: 3.5 mm.

Diagnosis. This species is similar to E. panama  and E. faviolae  , but differs from E. panama  by the infuscate wings; and from E. faviolae  by the sculpturing of propodeum and areola.

Biology. Unknown.

Distribution. The states of Rio Grande do Norte and Piaui. Etymology. This species is named after William R. Mason, who described the genus.

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