Fusicornia aulacis Taekul & Johnson

Taekul, Charuwat, Johnson, Norman F., Masner, Lubomír & Shu-Pei, Chen, 2008, Revision of the world species of the genus Fusicornia Risbec (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae, Scelioninae), Zootaxa 1966, pp. 1-52: 11-12

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Fusicornia aulacis Taekul & Johnson

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Fusicornia aulacis Taekul & Johnson   , new species urn:lsid:zoobank.org:act:1275C741-17C3-4215-A61A-0C970A19E367


Figures 19–24; Morphbank 26

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Description. Female body length: 2.55–2.75 mm (n=18). Male body length: 2.53–2.69 mm (n=11).

Head: Vertex between posterior ocelli: rounded. Female OOL: more than one ocellar diameter. Frontal sculpture: entirely and evenly sculptured. Sculpture of central frons: reticulate punctate. Setation of central frons: moderately setose throughout. Inner orbit in frontal view: more or less parallel. Upper gena in dorsal view of female: expanded, convex, therefore in lateral view compound eye separated from posterior margin by gena. Sculpture of gena behind lower half of eye: with reticulate to coriaceous microsculpture. Setation of gena: moderately setose. Antenna: Radicle color: yellow to orange brown. Color of female A1: dark brown to black. Color of female funicle (A3–A6): dark brown. Claval formula: 1-2-2-2-2-1. Claval color: dark brown to black.

Mesosoma: Pronotal cervical sulcus: absent. Mesoscutum sculpture: reticulate. Longitudinal sculpture in posterior half of mesoscutum: absent. Admedian line: present. Mesoscutal humeral sulcus: very coarsely foveolate. Notauli: present, indicated by short groove on posterior mesonotum. Mesoscutellum shape: rounded. Sculpture of mesoscutellum: almost entirely covered by microsculpture. Length of medial metascutellar spine: medial spine short to moderately long, as long as distance between median and lateral spines. Length of lateral metascutellar spine: moderately elongate, length distinctly greater than width. Sculpture of propodeal nucha: strongly foveolate to longitudinally striate. Sculpture of suprahumeral area of pronotum: puncticulate. Sculpture in lower pronotum: reticulate to weakly rugulose. Netrion setation: sparsely setose to glabrous. Mesopleural carina: present dorsally, interrupted or absent ventrally. Mesepimeral sulcus: complete, foveate throughout. Area 2 on metapleuron: linear, glabrous. Setation of area 4 of metapleuron: glabrous. Setation in anteroventral metapleural triangle: absent. Setation of propodeum anterior to spiracle: sparsely setose (less than 10) or absent. Legs: Coxae color: all coxae brown to black.

Wings: Female fore wing maculation: hyaline or with slight infuscation below marginal vein.

Metasoma: Length of T1: less than or equal to one times width. Horn on T1 of female: absent, T1 longitudinally furrowed throughout length. Lateral setation of T1: sparsely to moderately setose (6–15/side). Medial sculpture on T3: shallowly longitudinal rugulose and reticulate.

Diagnosis. Fusicornia aulacis   is unique in the genus in the possession of short, but distinct notauli ( Figs. 12, 21, 24).

Etymology. The epithet aulacis, Latin   for furrow, refers to the notauli.

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Material examined. Holotype female: MADAGASCAR: Ranomafana National Park, 21°15.99'S 47°25.21'E, 1020 m, MA-02-09C-60, secondary tropical forest, Bellevue, Talatakely , Fianarantsoa Auto. Prov. , 4–16.V.2003, Malaise trap, R. Harin'Hala, CASENT 2042841 (deposited in CASC). GoogleMaps  

Paratypes: MADAGASCAR: 14 males, 23 females, CASENT 2042836, 2042963, 2043531, 2043961, 2043963–2043995, 2132080, 2132083, 2132521–2132523, 2132733, 2132735, 2132756, 2132828, 2132837, 2134148, 2134149, 2134168, 2134237, 2134283, 2134735, 2134756, 2134781, 2134793 ( CASC); OSUC 148982–148983 View Materials , 164023 View Materials , 206235–206242 View Materials ( CNCI)   .

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27. http://atbi.biosci.ohio-state.edu/HymOnline/map-large.html?id=230094


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