Clinocentrus amiri Rakhshani & Farahani

Derafshan, Hossein Ali, Rakhshani, Ehsan, Farahani, Samira, Ghafouri Moghaddam, Mostafa & van Achterberg, Cornelis, 2020, The genus Clinocentrus Haliday (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Rogadinae) in Iran, with the description of a new species, Journal of Natural History 54 (19 - 20), pp. 1223-1241: 1226-1230

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Clinocentrus amiri Rakhshani & Farahani

sp. nov.

Clinocentrus amiri Rakhshani & Farahani   sp. nov. ( Figures 2, 3)

Material examined

HOLOTYPE: ♀, IRAN: Sistan-o Baluchestan province , Zabol-Hamoon wetlands (31° 09ʹ23.7”N, 61°23ʹ57.9”E, 450 m), 14.x.2015, light trap, Nim 128, H. A. Derafshan leg. ( DPPZ) GoogleMaps   . PARATYPES: 3♀, 1♂, same data as holotype ( DPPZ); 5♀, 1♂, same locality data, 28 GoogleMaps   .v GoogleMaps   .2015, light trap, Nim 99 (3♀: ZISP, 2♀, 1♂: DPPZ); 2♀, 1♂, same data as holotype, but 17 GoogleMaps   .x GoogleMaps   .2015, Nim 135 ( DPPZ); 2♀, same data as holotype, but 21 GoogleMaps   .x GoogleMaps   .2015, Nim 139 ( DPPZ); ♀, 1♂, same data as holotype, but 25 GoogleMaps   .x GoogleMaps   .2015, Nim 143 ( DPPZ); ♀, same data as holotype, but 25 GoogleMaps   .x GoogleMaps   .2015, Nim 144 ( DPPZ); 1♀, 2♂♂, IRAN: Sistan-o Baluchestan province, Zabol-Nimrooz (31°05ʹ02”N, 61°26ʹ07”E, 461 m), 18 GoogleMaps   .v GoogleMaps   .2016, light trap, Nim 212, H. A GoogleMaps   . Derafshan leg. ( ZISP); 2♀, same data as holotype, but 510 m, 27 GoogleMaps   .v GoogleMaps   .2016 ( RMNH); 2♀, 1♂, same data as holotype, 22 GoogleMaps   .x GoogleMaps   .2015, swept ( RMNH).


Clinocentrus amiri   sp. nov. is similar to C. kozlovi Belokobylskij, 1995   in sharing the large eyes ( Figure 2 (a–c)), the rounded hypoclypeal depression ( Figure 2 (b)) and the short marginal cell of forewing ( Figure 2 (f)). Clinocentrus amiri   sp. nov. can be separated from C. kozlovi   by its large ocelli (OD = POL in Clinocentrus amiri   sp. nov. – Figure 2 (a), versus 0.56 in C. kozlovi   ), separated dorsal carinae on 1st metasomal tergite – Figure 3 (b) (joined near middle of tergite in C. kozlovi   ), shorter metasomal tergite 2 (1.3 times 3rd metasomal tergite in Clinocentrus amiri   sp. nov. – Figure 3 (c), versus 1.5 times 3rd metasomal tergite in C. kozlovi   ) and shorter vein 3-SR of forewing (vein 2-SR 1.7–2.6 times vein 3-SR in Clinocentrus amiri   sp. nov. – Figure 2 (f), versus 1.3 in C. kozlovi   ).


Female, length of body 3.1 mm, length of forewing 2.4 mm.


Head twice as wide as its median length in dorsal view ( Figure 2 (a)), roundly contracted behind eyes. Transverse diameter of eye 2.5 times longer than temple in dorsal view. Eyes protuberant. Ocelli large, OOL and POL equal to OD. Occipital carina not joined to hypostomal carina. Face ( Figure 2 (b)) width 1.8 times greater than its height. Tentorial index (tentorio-ocular line/intertentorial line) 0.40. Hypoclypeal depression almost round, its width twice distance of depression from eye. Eye 1.3 times as high as broad in lateral view ( Figure 2 (c)). Antenna about as long as body, 26-segmented. First flagellar segment 2.7 times as long as wide, 1.3 times as long as 2nd flagellar segment. Penultimate flagellar segment twice as long as wide ( Figure 2 (g)).


Length of mesosoma   1.6 times its height ( Figure 2 (d)). Precoxal sulcus distinct, strongly rugose, situated in the medial part of mesopleuron, remainder of mesopleuron mostly smooth. In dorsal view ( Figure 2 (e)) notauli distinct and rugulose. Scutellar sulcus rugose, with distinct median carinae. Propodeum ( Figure 3 (a)) coarsely reticulate-rugose, without median carina.

Wings. ( Figure 2 (f)) Forewing marginal cell shortened; pterostigma 1.2 times longer than vein 1-R1, r:3-SR:SR1 as 6:5:34, SR1 curved, 2-R1 absent, 2nd submarginal cell small and trapeziform, its length 1.75 times its maximum width, 1.4 times shorter than maximum length of 1st subdiscal cell, 2-SR+M as long as r-m, 1-CU1 as long as cu-a. Hindwing: M + CU 1.3 times longer than 1-M. Vein cu-a weakly sclerotised.

Legs. ( Figure 3 (b, d)) Hind femur 4.8 times longer than wide. Hind tibia 1.2 times longer than hind tarsus. Inner spur of hind tibia 0.2 times length of basitarsus. Hind basitarsus 2.1 and 3.0 times longer than 2nd and 5th segments of tarsus.


First metasomal tergite with distinct protuberances subbasally and widened from base to apex, with 2 separate dorsal carinae; 1st metasomal tergite aciculo-rugose and setiferous, its length slightly less than its apical width; 2nd metasomal tergite 1.3 times longer than 3rd tergite, 1.2 times shorter than basal width; 2nd metasomal tergite anteriorly aciculorugose but weaker on posterior area, setiferous; 3rd metasomal tergite densely rugose and almost smooth distally, remaining tergites narrowly extending beyond 3rd metasomal tergite ( Figure 3 (c)). Ovipositor sheath ( Figure 3 (b)) 1.3 times longer than 1st metasomal tergite, with erect setae.


Body light reddish brown ( Figure 3 (d)). Antenna largely dark brown, but basally reddish. Palpi and legs light brown. Wing hyaline. Pterostigma dark brown with pale yellow base. Ovipositor sheath black apically.


( Figure 3 (e)) Length of body 3.3 mm. Length of forewing 2.3 mm. Tergites tend to be reddish brown, otherwise similar to female.


Vein 2-SR of forewing 1.7–2.6 times longer than vein 3-SR; Antennae 24–27-segmented; pterostigma 1.15–1.55 times longer than vein 1-R1; 2nd metasomal tergite 1.1–1.4 times longer than 3rd tergite.

Geographical distribution

( Figure 8 (a)) In the border of Eastern and Western Palaearctics ( Iran – Sistan-o Baluchestan province).



Type status

The types and available specimens are in pristine condition. Holotype and paratype are mounted on triangle cards ( Figure 3 (d–e)). Additional specimens preserved both as mounted and unmounted in alcohol.


This new species is named after the prefix in the name of the first and second author’s sons [Amir-Ali, Amir-Mohammad, Amir-Mahdi; Amir-Hossein and Amir- Reza].


Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences


National Museum of Natural History, Naturalis