Aphelopus testaceus Olmi, 1991

Olmi, Massimo, Copeland, Robert S. & Noort, Simon Van, 2019, Dryinidae of the Afrotropical region (Hymenoptera, Chrysidoidea), Zootaxa 4630 (1), pp. 1-619 : 52-53

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Aphelopus testaceus Olmi, 1991


6. Aphelopus testaceus Olmi, 1991

( Figs 11C View FIGURE , 13D View FIGURE 13 , 15C View FIGURE 15 , 17C, D View FIGURE 17 )

Aphelopus testaceus Olmi 1991: 112 ; Olmi & van Harten 2000: 258; 2006: 314; Olmi 2006: 35; Olmi et al. 2016: 51 View Cited Treatment .

Description. ♀. Fully winged; body length 1.7–1.9 mm. Head testaceous (in ♀ from Yemen, Ta’izz, head totally whitish); antenna brown, except scape and pedicel testaceous (in ♀ from Yemen, Ta’izz, antenna totally whit- ish); prothorax, mesoscutum, mesoscutellum, mesopleuron and part of metapleuron testaceous; metanotum brown; metapectal-propodeal disc black; in specimen from Yemen, Ta’izz, mesosoma completely whitish, except brown spot on metapectal-propodeal disc and small brown spot on anterior margin of metanotum; metasoma brown (in specimen from Yemen, Ta’izz, metasoma totally whitish); legs testaceous (in specimen from Yemen, Ta’izz, legs totally whitish). Specimen from Madagascar, 21°13.67’S 47°22.19’E, completely testaceous, except metapectalpropodeal disc darkened, petiole black and metasoma brown. Specimen from Kenya, 4.57776°S 39.43825°E, with head testaceous, except occiput brown and brown spot between ocelli; antenna brown, except antennomeres 1–3 testaceous; mesosoma testaceous, except dorsal region of propleuron, anterior surface of mesoscutum, mesoscutellum, metanotum and metapectal-propodeal disc brown. Antenna clavate; antennomeres in following proportions: 5.5:5:6:6:6:5:4:4:4:6. Head dull, granulate; frontal line absent; occipital carina complete; POL = 6; OL = 4; OOL = 3.5; OPL = 3.5; TL = 3. Mesoscutum dull, granulate. Notauli incomplete, reaching approximately 0.5 × length of mesoscutum; in ♀ from Yemen, Ta’izz, notauli slightly distinct, apparently reaching approximately 0.8 × length of mesoscutum. Mesoscutellum and metanotum dull, granulate. Metapectal-propodeal disc reticulate rugose; propodeal declivity with two longitudinal keels. Forewing hyaline, without dark transverse bands; 2r-rs&Rs vein regularly curved. Tibial spurs 1/1/2.

♂ ( Figs 17C, D View FIGURE 17 ). Fully winged ( Figs 11C View FIGURE , 15C View FIGURE 15 ); body length 1.4–1.8 mm. In holotype head and mesoscutum completely testaceous, antenna testaceous, except antennomeres 5–10 darkened, metanotum and metapectal-propodeal disc brown-reddish, metasoma brown, legs testaceous. In ♂ from Tanzania, Amani Malaria Station , head and mesosoma dull and completely testaceous-reddish, except clypeus yellow. In ♂ from Yemen, Ta’izz, colour whit- ish, except mesoscutum centrally and laterally brown, metapectal-propodeal disc laterally testaceous and medially brown, metasoma brown, with anterior third yellow and petiole black. In ♂ from Yemen, Ta’izz, colour whitish, except mesoscutellum centrally darkened, metanotum, metapectal-propodeal disc and metasoma brown. Antenna filiform; antennomeres of holotype in following proportions: 2.5:4:4:5:4.5:5:4.5:5:5:7. Head dull, granulate; head of holotype slightly shiny; frontal line of holotype apparently absent (track visible); in ♂ from Tanzania, Amani Ma- laria Station , frontal line distinctly visible in anterior half of frons (face of this specimen very dull); occipital carina complete; POL = 4; OL = 3; OOL = 3; OPL = 2; TL = 2. Mesoscutum dull, granulate (shiny in holotype). Notauli incomplete, reaching approximately 0.5 × length of mesoscutum in holotype; in ♂ from Tanzania, Amani Malaria Station , notauli reaching approximately 0.3 × length of mesoscutum. Mesoscutellum and metanotum shiny, smooth, unsculptured. Metapectal-propodeal disc and propodeal declivity reticulate rugose. Forewing hyaline, without dark transverse bands; 2r-rs&Rs vein regularly curved. Basivolsella with 2 subdistal bristles ( Fig. 13D View FIGURE 13 ). Tibial spurs 1/1/2.

Material examined. Types: ♂ holotype: DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: Équateur Prov., Mbandaka (= Coquilhatville ), 1964, A.B. Stam leg. ( RMNH) . Paratype: SOUTH AFRICA: Gauteng, 25 km W of Pretoria , 29.XI.1984, H. & A. Howden leg. , 1♀ ( PMA). Other material: CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Sangha-Mbaéré Pref., Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Mabéa Bai , 21.4 km 53° NE Bayanga, 3°02.01’N 16°24.57’E, 510 m, 7–8.V.2001, MT, lowland rainforest, marsh clearing, S. van Noort leg. GoogleMaps , 1♂ ( SAMC); Sangha-Mbaéré Pref., Dzanga-Ndoki National Park , 38.6 km 173° S Lidjombo, 2°21.60’N 16°03.20’E, 350 m, 22.V.2001, sweep, lowland rainforest, S. van Noort leg. GoogleMaps , 1♂ ( SAMC). DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: Haut-Uele, Wamba Territory, Kikongo Mission , 04°16’S 17°11’E, 7–14.IV.2006, MT, field edge, S.L. Heydon & S.E. Stevenson leg. GoogleMaps , 1♀ ( UCDC). KENYA: Coast Prov., Funzi Island , 4.57776°S 39.43825°E, near sea level, 24–28.VII.2012, MT, mixed grass-woodland, R. Copeland leg. GoogleMaps , 1♀ ( NMK). MADAGASCAR: Fianarantsoa, Ranomafana National Park, Vohiparara , 21°13.67’S 47°22.19’E, at broken bridge, 1110 m, 25.VII–3.VIII.2002, MT, high altitude rainforest, R. Harin’Hala leg. GoogleMaps , MA-02-08A-36, 1♀ ( CAS); Fianarantsoa, Ranomafana National Park , radio tower at forest edge, 21°15.05’S 47°24.43’E, 1130 m, 15–25.VII.2002, MT, mixed tropical forest, R. Harin’Hala leg. GoogleMaps , MA-02- 09B-35, 1♀ ( CAS). TANZANIA: Tanga Region, Usambara Mts., Amani Malaria Station , 3000 ft., 6.I.1970, M.E. Irwin & E.S. Ross leg. , 1♂ ( CAS); Tanga Region, Mkomazi Game Reserve, Kikolo Plot , 04°06.72’S 38°01.37’E, 16.IV–2.V.1996, MT, Commiphora woodland, S. van Noort leg. GoogleMaps , 1♂ ( SAMC). YEMEN: Ta’izz, 22–24.VIII.1998, light trap, A. van Harten & A. Awad leg. , 1♂ ( MOLC); Ta’izz, VIII.1999, light trap, A. van Harten & A. Awad leg. , 1♀ ( MOLC); Ta’izz, V–VI.2000, light trap, N. 4770, A. van Harten & A.R. Al Yarimi leg. , 1♂ ( MOLC) .

Hosts. Unknown.

Distribution. Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania, Yemen.


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Aphelopus testaceus Olmi, 1991

Olmi, Massimo, Copeland, Robert S. & Noort, Simon Van 2019

Aphelopus testaceus

Olmi, M. & van Noort, S. & Guglielmino, A. 2016: 51
Olmi, M. & van Harten, A. 2000: 258
Olmi, M. 1991: 112
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