Lissopsius jaliscoensis Zaldivar-Riveron , Martinez , Ceccarelli & Shaw

Zaldivar-Riveron, Alejandro, Martinez, Juan Jose, Ceccarelli, Fadia Sara & Shaw, Scott R., 2012, Five new species of the genera Heerz Marsh, Lissopsius Marsh and Ondigus Braet, Barbalho and van Achterberg (Braconidae, Doryctinae) from the Chamela-Cuixmala biosphere reserve in Jalisco, Mexico, ZooKeys 164, pp. 1-23 : 14-15

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Lissopsius jaliscoensis Zaldivar-Riveron , Martinez , Ceccarelli & Shaw

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Lissopsius jaliscoensis Zaldivar-Riveron, Martinez, Ceccarelli & Shaw   ZBK sp. n. Figs 5A


This species distinguishes from Lissopsius pacificus and Lissopsius flavus by having the second metasomal tergite distinctly costate basomedially (Fig. 5F) [mostly smooth, only slightly costate basally in Lissopsius pacificus (Fig. 4D); distinctly costate basally, remaining area smooth in Lissopsius flavus ]. Lissopsius jaliscoensis is morphologically very similar to Lissopsius pacificus , but differs from this species by having the mesosoma entirely yellow (Fig. 5C) [ventral part of mesopleuron, precoxal sulcus and venter of mesosoma darker that the rest of the body in Lissopsius pacificus (Fig. 4A)], and notauli ending after first half of mesoscutum (Fig. 5D) [ending before first half of mesoscutum in Lissopsius pacificus (Fig. 4B)].


Female. Colour: head and mesosoma yellow, metasoma yellow with some areas light brown; pedicel and flagellum yellow to light brown; legs yellow; wings hyaline, veins and pterostigma light brown, tegula yellow. Body length: 3.3 mm. Head: entirely smooth, vertex and temple pilose, face strongly pilose; eyes large, malar space about 0.2 times eye height; ocello-ocular distance about 2.0 times diameter of lateral ocellus; eye 1.1 times higher than wide (lateral view); antennae broken, with at least 24 flagellomeres; scape with the same length as first flagellomere; first flagellomere longer than second. Mesosoma: length of mesosoma about 1.7 times its maximum height; pronotum smooth to slightly rugose dorsally and ventrally, pronotal groove slightly scrobiculate; mesoscutal lobes smooth, sparsely pilose; notauli deep and scrobiculate, joining in a triangularly rugose area at the end of mesoscutum; posterolateral sides of scutellum rugose, remaining areas smooth; scutellar sulcus deep and scrobiculate, with five longitudinal carinae; mesopleuron smooth, posterior mesopleural sulcus narrow and scrobiculate, subalar groove slightly punctate; precoxal sulcus almost indistinct and smooth, ending on anterior half of mesopleuron; metapleuron smooth, propodeum smooth on basal half, slightly rugose on apical half, with a median longitudinal carina followed by a distinct pentagonal areola. Legs: hind coxa smooth, protruding forward in ventro-anterior corner, about 1.3 times longer than its maximum width. Wings: Fore wing length 3.1 its maximum width, length of pterostigma 3.0 times its maximum width, vein m-cu clearly antefurcal to vein 2RS, vein 1cu-a clearly postfurcal to vein 1M; hind wing vein M+CU 1.8 times longer than vein 1M; vein cu-a curved at apex toward wing tip. Metasoma: first metasomal tergite short, 0.8 times as long as its apical width, basomedially smooth, remaining area costate with punctate microsculpture; second metasomal tergite distinctly costate with punctate microsculpture basomedially, remaining area smooth; suture between second and third metasomal tergites almost indistinct; remaining metasomal tergites smooth and polished; ovipositor very short, about 0.3 times length of metasoma.

Male. Similar to female. Body length 3.1 mm. Hind wing without stigma-like enlargement.

Variation. Females: body length 3.1-3.7 mm; eye 1.1-1.3 times higher than wide (lateral view); malar space 0.1-0.2 times eye height (lateral view); ocello-ocular distance 1.5-2.0 times diameter of lateral ocellus; all with antennae broken and less than 20 flagellomeres remaining. Wings: fore wing length 2.8-2.9 times its maximum width; length of pterostigma 3.8-4.0 times its maximum width; hind wing vein M+CU 1.6-1.8 times longer than vein 1M.

Holotype. IB-UNAM CNIN. Female. Mexico, Jalisco, Estación Biológica de Chamela, UNAM, camino Búho, 19.49N, -105.04E, 65 msnm, 26-27 June 2009, light trap, tropical dry forest. H. Clebsch, A. Zaldívar, A. Polaszek col,. DNA voucher no. CNIN798, GenBank accession nos JQ268742, JQ268748 (IB-UNAM CNIN).

Paratypes. IB-UNAM CNIN, MACN, UWIM. Four specimens. Three females Same data as holotype; one male, Mexico, Jalisco, Estación Biológica de Chamela, UNAM, camino Búho, 19.49N, -105.04E, 95 msnm, 24-25 June 2009, light trap, tropical dry forest, H. Clebsch, A. Zaldívar, A. Polaszek col. DNA voucher nos CNIN741, CNIN798-800, GenBank accession nos JQ268741-44 (IB-UNAM CNIN).


The specific name refers to Jalisco, the Mexican state where the species was found.


Only five specimens of this species were collected during all our field trips, contrasting with the approximately 300 specimens collected for Lissopsius pacificus .