Glyphidocera sollertiae, DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 145-146

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Glyphidocera sollertiae

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Glyphidocera sollertiae   , new species

(Figs. 255–257, 372, Map 46 View MAP 46 )

Diagnosis.— Glyphidocera sollertiae   , G. g l o r i a e, and G. coquae   share abdominal sex scales between terga 2–3 in the male, a densely setose gnathos, an angular dorsal furca of the valval costa, and an elongate apical cornutus of the aedeagus. However, G. sollertiae   differs from the latter two by having a smaller gnathos, a base of dorsal strut of tegumen with two pigmented, short, streaks emerging from point slightly beyond middle, a smaller digitate process of valva; a dorsal furca of valval costa extending beyond ventral furca, and a larger apical cornutus of the aedeagal vesica.

Description.— Head: Vertex and frontoclypeus brown; outer surface of labial palpus dark brown intermixed with few grayish­orange scales to apical margin of segment II; inner surface with segment I and basal half of segment II grayish orange, distal half of segment II and segment III dark brown intermixed with few grayish­orange scales; scape of antenna dark brown intermixed with few grayish­orange scales, flagellum with alternating bands of pale grayish­orange and dark­brown scales; male 4 th flagellomere dorsally protuberant and curved, forming a deep concavity opposite slightly excavated flagellomeres 5– 6; concavity nearly closed by a few setiform scales on apex of protuberance of 4 th flagellomere; proboscis pale grayish orange.

Thorax: Tegula and mesonotum brown. Legs dark brown intermixed with pale grayish­brown scales along apical margins of all segments and tarsomeres. Forewing (Fig. 372): Length 6.2–8.7 mm (n = 9), dark brown intermixed with few pale grayish­orange scales; cell with 2 dark brown spots, 1 spot near middle, 1 spot near distal end; midcell spot slightly larger than spot near distal end. Undersurface brown with pale grayish­orange scales along costa. Hindwing: Brown.

Abdomen (Fig. 255): Male with 5 transverse, irregular rows of sex scales on intersegmental membrane between terga 2–3.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 256–257): Uncus elongate, wide at base, nearly parallelsided from above base to subapical part, slightly widened subapically, apex narrowly rounded and setose; gnathos setose, short, moderately narrow throughout length; tegumen slightly widened basally; dorsal strut of tegumen with arms convergent, fusing medially from posteroventral margin and atrophied dorsally, dorsal strut with a pair of narrow pigmented lateral streaks from base; costa of valva nearly straight from a shallow depression beyond a slanted, basal, digitate process to dorsal furca; apex bifurcate, furcae widely separate and nearly parallel; dorsal furca upturned along basal 1 / 3, angled laterally, forming an aristate apex; ventral furca about 2 / 3 length of dorsal furca; sacculus twisted apically constricting valva slightly before midlength, widening distoventrally forming an elongate, broadly rounded, and distally protracted cucullus; cucullus membranous and setose; vesica of aedeagus denticulate, bearing a large crescent­shaped, apical cornutus; curnutus with one side shortened slightly before midlength, exposing a large hollow, basal cavity.

Female Genitalia: Unknown.

Holotype, ɗ, “Est[ación] Pitilla, 700m, 9 km, S S[an]ta Cecilia, Prov[incia] Guan[acaste], COSTA RICA, C. Chaves, Set. 1990, L­N­ 330200, 380200 ”, “ INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 000, 626488 ” [bar code label], “ INBio, ɗ Genitalia Slide by D. Adamski, No. 734 ” [yellow label].

Paratypes (8 ɗ): 5 ɗ, Same label data as holotype except, “C. Moraga, Abr. 1991 ”, “ CRI 000, 484534 ”, “Slide No. 754 ”; “ CRI 000, 484539 ”, “Slide No. 755 ”; “ CRI 000, 484581 ”, “Slide No. 723 ”; “P. Rios, Ago. 1991 ”, “ CRI 000, 558977 ”, “Slide No. 724 ”; “ CRI 000, 414795 ”, “Slide No. 725 ”; 1 ɗ, “Est. Magsasay, P. N. Braulio Carrillo, 200 m, Prov. Here., COSTA RICA, A. Fernandez, Dic. 1990, L­N­ 264600, 531100 ”, “ CRI 000, 229558 ”, “Slide No. 767 ”; 1 ɗ, “ COSTA RICA, Heredia, Est. Biol. La Selva, 50–150 m, 10 ° 26 'N, 84 °01'W, Jan. 1993, INBio­OET”, “ 10 Ene. 1993, Bosque primario, L0004”, “Slide No. 894 ”; 1 ɗ, “Cerro Tortuguero, 0–120 m, P. N. Tortuguero, Prov. Limón, COSTA RICA, May 1991, J. Solano, L­N­ 285000, 588000 ”, “ CRI 001, 398585 ”, “Slide No. 629 ”, (5 in INBio, 3 in USNM).

Distribution ( Map 46 View MAP 46 ): Glyphidocera sollertiae   is known from four collecting sites in Costa Rica, from the north­western part of the country along the Cordillera de Guanacaste, eastward to the north­central area north of the Cordillera Central to the Caribbean Coast.

Etymology: The species epithet sollertiae   is derived from the Latin “sollertia,” meaning skill.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History