Paraheterospilus ceciliaensis 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: 16-17

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Paraheterospilus ceciliaensis Marsh

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Paraheterospilus ceciliaensis Marsh  sp. n. Figure 9 B–D


Body size: 1.5 mm. Color: body dark brown, metasoma often partially or completely lighter brown; scape and pedicel yellow, flagellum brown; legs yellow; wing veins, including stigma, brown, stigma rarely yellow at apex. Head: vertex usually smooth, often weakly transversely striate behind ocelli, dorsal-lateral corners sharply angled at upper eye margin; frons smooth; face weakly striate; temple in dorsal view narrow, sloping behind eye, width less than 1/2 eye width; malar space about 1/4 eye height; ocelli small, ocell-ocular distance about 4 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 15 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes granulate; notauli shallow, scrobiculate, meeting posteriorly in small triangular costate area; scutellum usually smooth, occasionally weakly granulate; prescutellar furrow with 3-5 cross carinae; mesopleuron weakly granulate, often smooth just above precoxal sulcus; precoxal sulcus weakly scrobiculate or smooth, shorter than mesopleuron; venter smooth; propodeum sharply declivous posteriorly, dorsal surface short, basal median areas margined but short, granulate, basal median carina absent, areola not distinct, areolar area rugose, lateral areas entirely rugose. Wings: fore wing vein r about 1/2 length of vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R absent, vein M+CU equal to or slightly shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first metasomal tergum longitudinally costate, raised median area margined, declivous anteriorly and transversely costate, length of tergum about equal to apical width; second metasomal tergum longitudinally costate, width about 4 times median length; anterior transverse groove slightly sinuate; posterior transverse groove very weak or absent; third and following terga smooth; ovipositor slightly less than 1/2 length of metasoma.


Essentially as in female; width of second metasomal tergum about 3 times apical width; hind wing with stigma.

Holotype female:

Top label (white, printed) - Est. Pitilia, 700m, 9km S [;] Sta. Cecilia, P.N.Guana- [;] caste, Prov. Guan. COSTA [;] RICA, D.Garcia, 4-14 nov [;] 1991, L.N.330200-880200; second label (white, printed) - INBio bar code; third label (red, printed) - HOLOTYPE [;] Paraheterospilus [;] ceciliaensis Marsh. Deposited in INBC.


7 ♀♀, 4 ♂♂, same data as holotype with additional collectors P.Rios and C. Moraga, and dates Ago 1991, 23 set a 14 oct 1992, 10 a 17 jun, 31 mar a 15 abr 1992, 3-18 Oct 1991 and 4-25 Nov 1991 (INBC). 1 ♀, 2 ♂♂, Costa Rica: Puntarenas [;] R.F. Golfo Dulce, 5km, [;] W. Piedras Blancas, 100m [;] vi-vii.1991, viii-ix.1991 and xi-xii.1991, P. Hanson [;] Malaise nr. second growth (ESUW). 1 ♂, Costa Rica: Guanacaste [;] P.N. Guanacaste [;] below Pitilia, 500m [;] 7-8.iii.1990, J.S. Noyes (ESUW). 1 ♀, COSTA RICA, Heredia [;] Chilamate, 75m [;] 25/III/1989 [;] col. Hanson & Godoy (ESUW). 1 ♀, PANAMA: Colon Pr. [;] Rio Guanche, 5km [;] S Portobelo, el. 100 ft. [;] 9°30.202'N, 79°39.903'W [;] 18.vii.1999, J. Wooley (TAMU).


This species differs from Paraheterospilus eumekus  and Paraheterospilus wilbotgardus  in its shorter and squat body, the shorter metasomal tergum 2 and the shorter antenna.


Named for the locality where most of the type series was collected, Cecilia Station in Guanacaste National Park.