Glyphidocera sapphiri, DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 137-139

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Glyphidocera sapphiri

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Glyphidocera sapphiri   , new species

(Figs. 240–242, 367, Map 44 View MAP 44 )

Diagnosis.— Glyphidocera sapphiri   , G. fabulae   , and G. arenae   share abdominal sex scales between terga 2­3 in male, an elongate valval cucullus, and an elongate and narrow apical cornutus within the vesica of the aedeagus. However, G. sapphiri   differs from the latter two species by having shorter rows of sex scales between terga 2–3 in male, a narrower base of the dorsal strut of the tegumen, and costal furcae of valva of equal size.

Description.— Head: Vertex and frontoclypeus dark brown; outer surface of labial palpus dark brown intermixed with few pale­yellow scales to apical margin of segment II, outer surface pale yellow intermixed with few brown and dark­brown scales; scape of antenna dark brown intermixed with few pale­yellow scales, flagellum dark brown; male 4 th flagellomere dorsally protuberant and curved, forming a deep concavity opposite slightly excavated flagellomeres 5–6; concavity nearly closed by a small digitate process of 4 th flagellomere; proboscis pale yellow.

Thorax: Tegula and mesonotum dark brown. Legs dark brown intermixed with few pale­yellow scales near midlength and apical margins of all segments and tarsomeres. Forewing (Fig. 367): Length 5.9–6.1 mm (n = 4), dark brown intermixed with few darkbrown scales tipped with pale brown; cell with 2 large, dark­brown spots, 1 spot near middle, 1 spot near distal end. Undersurface dark brown. Hindwing: Dark brown except, white scales medially along anterior margin.

Abdomen (Fig. 240): Male with 3 short, transverse rows of sex scales on median part of intersegmental membrane between terga 2–3.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 241–242): Uncus elongate, wide at base, broadly constricted near ½, apical half triangular­shaped, apex acuminate; gnathos sparsely setose, protuberant, widened throughout length, apically upturned; tegumen slightly widened basally; dorsal strut of tegumen with arms convergent, fusing from posteroventral margin to base of uncus; costa of valva nearly straight from base bearing an elongate, digitate process to an upturned dorsal furca; apex bifurcate, widely U­shaped, each furca equal in size, nearly parallel; sacculus twisted apically, constricting valva slightly beyond midlength, widening distoventrally, forming an elongate and slightly angular cucullus; cucullus membranous and setose; vesica of aedeagus with many stout, conical cornuti, and bearing an elongate, conical, apical cornutus; cornutus with one shortened side near 1 / 3 length, exposing a large hollow, basal cavity.

Female Genitalia: Unknown.

Holotype, ɗ, “Est[ación] Pitilla, 700 m, 9 km S S[an]ta Cecilia, P[arque] N[acional] Guanacaste, Prov[incia] Guan[acaste], COSTA RICA, C. Moraga, Jul. 1991, L­N­ 330200, 380200 ”, “ INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 000, 300212 ” [bar code label], “ INBio, ɗ Genitalia Slide by D. Adamski, No. 722 ” [yellow label].

Paratypes (3 ɗ): 2 ɗ, Same label data as holotype except, “ 2–9 Mar. 1992 ”, “ CRI 000, 414782 ”, “Slide No. 726 ”; “ CRI 000, 414785 ”, “Slide No. 772 ”; 1 ɗ, “Est. Cacao, 1000– 1400 m, Lado suroeste del Volcán Cacao, Prov. Guan., COSTA RICA, C. Chaves, 25 Set. – 11 Oct. 1990, L­N­ 323300, 375700 ”, “ CRI 000, 390322 ”, “Slide No. 952 ”, (2 in INBio, 1 in USNM).

Distribution ( Map 44 View MAP 44 ): Glyphidocera sapphiri   is known from two collecting sites in north­western Costa Rica along the Cordillera de Guanacaste.

Etymology: The specific epithet sapphiri   is derived from the Latin “sapphirus” or sapphire.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History