Pristomerus moramora Rousse, Villemant & Seyrig, 2013

Rousse, Pascal & Noort, Simon van, 2015, Revision of the Afrotropical species of Pristomerus (Ichneumonidae: Cremastinae), with descriptions of 31 new species, European Journal of Taxonomy 124, pp. 1-129: 74

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Pristomerus moramora Rousse, Villemant & Seyrig, 2013


Pristomerus moramora Rousse, Villemant & Seyrig, 2013  

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Diagnosis (ranges from Rousse et al. 2013)

Small to moderately small; background colour yellowish-orange with dark testaceous to black markings of variable extent on mesosoma and metasoma, frons darker than face, and notaulus and scutellum most often lighter than remainder of mesonotum; face moderately to densely punctate; inner margins of eyes weakly converging ventrally; clypeus transverse, shallowly and sparsely punctate; malar line very short; remainder of head sparsely punctate-granulate to coriaceous; occipital carina joining hypostomal carina distinctly above mandible base; antenna with 27–29 flagellomeres, penultimate flagellomere quadrate; mesosoma elongate, densely, deeply and evenly punctate except pronotum almost entirely smooth and speculum ventrally smooth; area superomedia relatively stout to elongate; female femoral tooth absent; ovipositor long, weakly sinuous apically. B 3.5–4.3; A 2.4–3.2; F 2.8–3.5; CT 2.0; ML 0.3; POL 1.0; OOL 1.2; Fl n–1 1.0; ASM 1.7–2.5; OT 1.7–1.8; FFT 0. Male with ocelli hardly enlarged, hind femur and femoral tooth stouter, otherwise similar to female. B 3.4–4.5; A 2.2–3.2; F 2.5–3.5; POL 1.0; OOL 1.0.

Differential diagnosis

Small species from Madagascar; differentiated from most other Afrotropical species by the absence of the femoral tooth in females, the very short malar line, the strongly transverse clypeus and the long ovipositor. It is closely related to P. kelikely   and P. venda   sp. nov., from which it may differentiated by the colour and antenna length characters given in the key (see comments on P. kelikely   ).

Material examined


MADAGASCAR: ♀, “ MADAGASCAR, Bekily [Ampandrandava], reg. sud de l’île, IX 1938, EY 0000002495” ( MNHN).





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