Glyphidocera lawrenceae, DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 65-66

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Glyphidocera lawrenceae

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Glyphidocera lawrenceae   , new species

(Figs. 99 – 99 a, 100–101, 320, Map 19 View MAP 19 ) Diagnosis.— Relationships between Glyphidocera lawrenceae   and its congeners are difficult to determine because of the unique features possessed by the former that include a narrow, transverse, sclerotized band between terga 2–3 and terga 3–4, posterior margin of fourth tergum emarginate medially, a pair of piliform sex­scale bundles on posterolateral margins of segment eight in male, small gnathos, a long digitate process of the valva, valva acutely constricted near 3 / 4 length, costa of valva curved dorsolaterally, and vesica of aedeagus with an elongate and narrow apical cornutus.

Description.— Head: Vertex and frontoclypeus pale yellowish orange; outer surface of labial palpus brown intermixed with pale yellowish­orange scales to apical margin of segments I –II, inner surface pale yellowish orange; scape and flagellum of antenna pale yellowish orange; male 4 th flagellomere dorsally protuberant and curved, forming a shallow 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 yellowish orange.

Thorax: Tegula and mesonotum yellowish orange. Legs pale yellowish orange intermixed with few brown scales. Forewing (Fig. 320): Length 5.9 mm (n = 1), yellowish orange intermixed with pale­yellow scales and few brown scales along costa and area beyond cell; cell with 2 brown spots, 1 near middle, 1 near distal end. Undersurface pale brown intermixed with pale yellowish­orange scales along submarginal and marginal areas. Hindwing: Pale brown.

Abdomen (Fig. 99 – 99 a): Male with a narrow, transverse, sclerotized band between terga 2–3 and terga 3–4; posterior margin of fourth tergum emarginate medially; eighth segment with two bundles of elongate piliform sex scales, each on posterolateral margin.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 100–101): Uncus elongate, broadly constricted above a wide base, slightly widened apically, apex setose and acuminate; gnathos sparsely setose, protuberant, narrow throughout length, apically upturned; tegumen slightly widened basally; dorsal strut of tegumen with arms convergent, fusing medially beneath base of uncus; costa of valva slightly downcurved from about 2 / 3; costa with a basally wide and acuminate apical furca; base of costa with a straight, elongate, digitate process; sacculus twisted apically, constricting valva near 3 / 4, widening distoventrally, forming an angular cucullus; cucullus membranous and setose; outer margin S­shaped; vesica of aedeagus denticulate [some large], bearing a narrow, elongate, apical cornutus.

Female Genitalia: Unknown.

Holotype, ɗ, “ COSTA RICA, Heredia, Est[ación] Biol[ógica] La Selva, 50–150 m, 10 ° 26 'N, 84 °01'W, Jan. 1994, INBio­OET” “ 10 Enero 1994, bosque secundaro, L/06/091”, “ INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 001, 258941 ” [bar code label], “ INBio, ɗ Genitalia Slide by D. Adamski, No. 898 ” [yellow label].

Distribution ( Map 19 View MAP 19 ): Glyphidocera lawrenceae   is known from one collecting site in north­central Costa Rica, north of San José.

Etymology: Glyphidocera lawrenceae   is named in honor of Linda H. Lawrence, former scientific illustrator, Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA, Washington, DC, and friend.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio


United States Department of Agriculture