Glyphidocera glaebae, DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 97-98

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Glyphidocera glaebae

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Glyphidocera glaebae   , new species

(Figs. 165–167, 342, Map 29 View MAP 29 )

Diagnosis.— Glyphidocera glaebae   is most similar to G. p i l a e but differs by having a longer gnathos, costal furcae of valva more narrowly separate, and dorsal furca of valval costa oriented laterally.

Description.— Head: Vertex and frontoclypeus pale brownish yellow; outer surface of labial palpus brown intermixed with pale brownish­yellow scales to near apical margin of segment II, inner surface pale brownish yellow intermixed with few brown scales; scape of antenna pale brownish yellow intermixed with few brown scales, flagellum with alternating bands of pale brownish­yellow and brown scales; male 4 th flagellum 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 4 th flagellomere; proboscis pale brownish yellow.

Thorax: Tegula and mesonotum pale brownish yellow intermixed with few brown scales. Legs brown intermixed with pale brown, and pale brownish­yellow scales to apical margins of all segments and tarsomeres [some specimens with banding on legs absent]. Forewing (Fig. 342): Length 6.5 –7.0 mm (n = 10), brownish yellow intermixed with few brown scales; cell with 2 small spots, 1 spot near middle, 1 spot near distal end [some specimens with a small basimedian spot, and marginal spots present or absent]. Undersurface pale brown intermixed with pale brownish­yellow scales along costa. Hindwing: Pale brownish yellow.

Abdomen (Fig. 165): Male with one short row of sex scales along medial area of intersegmental membrane between terga 2–3, and with 3 transverse, irregular rows of sex scales on intersegmental membrane between terga 3–4.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 166–167): Uncus elongate, wide at base, broadly constricted near ½ length, broadly rounded apically, apex narrowly rounded and setose; gnathos protuberant, slightly narrowed throughout length, rounded apically; tegumen slightly widened basally; dorsal strut of tegumen with arms convergent, fusing from a wide base, gradually widening dorsally to base of uncus; costa of valva nearly straight from a shallow depression beyond a basal digitate process to a slightly raised dorsal furca; apex bifurcate, dorsal furca 3–4 times larger than ventral furca; sacculus twisted apically near midlength, widening distoventrally, forming an elongate and broadly rounded, narrow cucullus; cucullus membranous and setose; vesica of aedeagus sparsely denticulate, bearing a large, conical, apical cornutus; cornutus with one side shortened, exposing a hollow, basal cavity.

Female Genitalia: Unknown.

Holotype, ɗ, “Sector Cocori, 30 km N de Cariari, Finca E. Rojas, A.C. Tortuguero, Prov[incia] Limón, COSTA RICA, 100 m, May 1994, E. Rojas, L­N­ 286000, 567500, # 2917 ”, “ INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 001, 879738 ” [bar code label], “ INBio, ɗ Genitalia Slide by D. Adamski, No. 691 ” [yellow label].

Paratypes (9 ɗ): “ COSTA RICA, Heredia, Est. Biol. La Selva, 50–150 m, 10 ° 26 'N, 84 °01'W, Jan. 1993, INBio­OET”, “ 13 Ene. 1993, Bosque primario, L0010”, “ CRI 001, 219540 ”, “Slide No. 971 ”; “ 13 Mayo 1993, Bosque primario, L/01/032”, “ CRI 001, 231794 ”, “Slide No. 986 ”; “L/01/ 0 60, 18 Agosto 1993, Bosque primario”, “ CRI 001, 230129 ”, “Slide No. 985 ”; “ 11 Agosto 1993, Bosque primario, L/02/058”, “ CRI 001, 234640 ”, “Slide No. 987 ”; “ 18 Agosto 1993, Bosque primario, L/02/062”, “ CRI 001, 234838 ”, “Slide No. 857 ”; “ 28 Junio 1994, Bosque secundario, L/06/ 107 ”, “ CRI 001, 243952 ”, “Slide No. 983 ”; “ 6 Feb. 1996, STR 250 m, L/00/ 123 ”, “ CRI 001, 249774 ”, “Slide No. 972 ”; “ 7 Feb. 1996, L/00/ 127, CES 450 m ”, “ CRI 002, 057351”, “Slide No. 977 ”; “ 22 Feb. 1996, L/04/ 162, Biblioteca”, “ CRI 002, 057184”, “Slide No. 980 ”, (5 in INBio, 4 in USNM).

Distribution ( Map 29 View MAP 29 ): Glyphidocera glaebae   is known from two collecting sites in north­central Costa Rica, north of the Cordillera Central.

Etymology: The species epithet glaebae   is derived from the Latin “glaeba,” meaning soil.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio


Institut de Botanique


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History