Glyphidocera ferae, DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 17-18

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Glyphidocera ferae

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Glyphidocera ferae   , new species

(Figs. 6–8, 289, Map 1 View MAP 1 )

Diagnosis.— Glyphidocera ferae   is similar to G. nubis   but differs from the latter in having a wider uncus, a sparsely setose gnathos, a more angular digitate process of the valva, a wider distal part of the valva, and fewer sex scales between abdominal terga 2–3 and terga 3–4 in the male.

Description.— Head: Vertex and frontoclypeus brown; labial palpus with outer surface brown intermixed with pale grayish­yellow scales to near apical margin of segment II, inner surface as above but paler; scape of antenna pale grayish yellow intermixed with few brown scales, flagellum brown; male 4 th flagellomere dorsally protuberant and curved, forming a deep concavity opposite slightly excavated flagellomeres 5–6 [setiform scales on apex of protuberance of 4 th flagellomere missing]; proboscis pale grayish yellow.

Thorax: Tegula and mesonotum brown. Foreleg and midleg brown intermixed with pale grayish­yellow scales on apices of all segments and tarsomeres, hindleg brown intermixed with pale grayish­yellowish scales on apical area of tibia, tarsomeres brown. Forewing (Fig. 289): Length 4.9 mm (n = 1), brown. Undersurface brown. Hindwing: Brown.

Abdomen (Fig. 6): Male with 3 transverse, irregular rows of sex scales on intersegmental area between terga 2–3 and 2 transverse, irregular rows of sex scales between terga 3–4. Sex scales between terga 2–3 slightly larger and more numerous than sex scales between terga 3–4.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 7–8): Uncus elongate, wide at base, slightly constricted above base, wide medially, parallelsided, gradually narrowing to a rounded, setose apex; gnathos setose, protuberant, wide throughout length, upturned apically; tegumen narrow throughout length; dorsal strut of tegumen with arms convergent, fusing basally, atrophied dorsally; valva with costa broadly sloped from a shallow depression slightly beyond basal digitate process to a rounded apex; sacculus wide, twisted apically, constricting valva near midlength, widening distoventrally, forming an wide cucullus; cucullus membranous and setose, outer margin nearly truncate, with a broadly rounded apicoventral margin; vesica of aedeagus sparsely denticulate, bearing a large, conical, apical cornutus; cornutus slightly dilated, with one side slightly shortened, exposing a hollow, basal cavity.

Female Genitalia: Unknown.

Holotype, ɗ, “ COSTA RICA, Heredia: Est[ación] Biol[ógica] La Selva, 50–150 m 10 ° 26 'N, 84 °01'W, Feb. 1996, INBio­OET”, “ 22 Feb. 1996, L/00/ 160, CES 300 m ”, “ INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 002, 057137” [bar code label], “ INBio, ɗ Genitalia Slide by D. Adamski, No. 905 ” [yellow label].

Distribution ( Map 1 View MAP 1 ): Glyphidocera ferae   is known from a single collecting site in north­central Costa Rica.

Etymology: The species epithet ferae   is derived from the Latin “fera,” meaning wild beast.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio