Glyphidocera harenae, DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 127-128

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Glyphidocera harenae

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Glyphidocera harenae   , new species

(Figs. 219–221, 360, Map 40 View MAP 40 )

Diagnosis.— Glyphidocera harenae   is most similar to G. crepidae   but differs from the latter by having an abdomen with more rows of sex scales between terga 2–3 in male, a complete dorsal strut of tegumen, a longer valva, costal furcae of valva near parallel, and vesica of aedeagus without spinelike cornuti.

Description.— Head: Scales on vertex and frontoclypeus brown tipped with pale brown; outer surface of labial palpus brown intermixed with pale­brown scales to apical margin of segment II, inner margin pale brown intermixed with few brown scales; scape 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 brown intermixed with few pale­brown scales to apical margins of all segments and tarsomeres. Forewing (Fig. 360): Length 5.0– 6.1 mm (n = 3), brown intermixed with few pale­brown scales; cell with 1 faint, brown spot near distal end. Undersurface brown. Hindwing: Brown.

Abdomen (Fig. 219): Male with 4 transverse, irregular rows of sex scales on intersegmental membrane between terga 2–3.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 220–221): Uncus elongate, broadly constricted near 1 / 3, gradually widened apically, apex narrowly rounded and setose; gnathos sparsely setose, protuberant, wide throughout length, upturned apically; tegumen slightly widened basally; dorsal strut with arms convergent, fusing medially from posteroventral margin, extending dorsally to midlength, gradually widening to base of uncus; valva with costa gradually upturned broadly from a shallow depression beyond a slanted, basal, digitate process to a raised dorsal furca; apex bifurcate, furcae large, widely divergent, parallel; sacculus twisted apically constricting valva near midlength, widening distoventrally, forming a broadly rounded cucullus; cucullus membranous and setose; vesica of aedeagus densely denticulate, bearing a large, sickle­shaped, apical cornutus; cornutus with one side slightly shortened, exposing a hollow, basal cavity.

Female Genitalia: Unknown.

Holotype, ɗ, “Est[ación] Sirena, P[arque] N[acional] Corcovado, 0–100 m, Prov[incia] Punt[arenas], COSTA RICA, G. Fonseca, Mar. 1991, L­S­ 270500, 508300 ”, “ INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 000, 447830 ” [bar code label], “ INBio, ɗ Genitalia Slide by D. Adamski, No. 799 ” [yellow label].

Paratypes (2 ɗ): Same label data as holotype except, “ Mar. 1992 ”, “ CRI 000, 780697 ”, “Slide No. 792 ”; “ CRI 000, 621786 ”, “Slide No. 801 ”, (1 in INBio, 1 in USNM).

Distribution ( Map 40 View MAP 40 ): Glyphidocera harenae   is known from one coastal collecting site in south­eastern Costa Rica, south of the Osa Peninsula.

Etymology: The species epithet harenae   is derived from the Latin “harena,” meaning sand.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History