Glyphidocera ancillae, DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 142-143

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Glyphidocera ancillae

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Glyphidocera ancillae   , new species

(Figs. 249–251, 370, Map 45 View MAP 45 )

Diagnosis.— Glyphidocera ancillae   is most similar to G. ranae   but differs from the latter by having a smaller gnathos, a smaller digitate process of the valva, a more recurved dorsal furca of the valval costa, and a more elongate and narrow apical cornutus of the aedeagal vesica.

Description.— Head: Vertex and frontoclypeus brown; outer surface of labial palpus with segments I­II brown intermixed with pale­brown scales to apical margin, segment III brown; inner surface of labial palpus pale brown; scape of antenna brown intermixed with few pale­brown scales, flagellum with alternating bands of brown and pale­brown 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 brown.

Thorax: Tegula and mesonotum brown. Legs pale brown. Forewing (Fig. 370): Length 6.2 mm (n = 1), brown, with no distinguishable markings. Undersurface brown. Hindwing: Brown.

Abdomen (Fig. 249): Male with 3 transverse, irregular rows of sex scales on intersegmental area between terga 2–3.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 250–251): Uncus elongate, wide at base, broadly constricted near midlength, widened subapically, gradually tapered to a narrowly rounded apex; gnathos sparsely setose, protuberant, narrowed apically from a wide base, slightly upturned apically; tegumen slightly widened basally; dorsal strut of tegumen with arms convergent, fusing medially between posteriorventral margin and base of uncus; costa of valva nearly straight from a shallow depression beyond a slightly curved, basal, digitate process to an abruptly recurved dorsal furca; apex widely bifurcate, furcae divergent, dorsal furca at least twice as large as ventral furca; base of costa with a slightly curved, digitate process; sacculus twisted apically, constricting valva near midlength, forming an elongate, broadly curved, and protracted cucullus; cucullus membranous and setose; vesica of aedeagus denticulate, bearing an elongate and narrow cornutus; cornutus with one side shortened near midlength, exposing a 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] Guanacaste, COSTA RICA, P. Rios, 2–19 Mar. 1992, L­N­ 330200, 380200 ”, “ INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 000, 727168 ” [bar code label], “ INBio, ɗ Genitalia Slide by D. Adamski, No. 763 ” [yellow label].

Distribution ( Map 45 View MAP 45 ): Glyphidocera ancillae   is known from one collecting site in north­western Costa Rica near the Cordillera de Guanacaste.

Etymology: The species epithet ancillae   is derived from the Latin “ancilla,” meaning maid­servant.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio