Glyphidocera terrae, DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 32-33

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Glyphidocera terrae

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Glyphidocera terrae  , new species

(Figs. 39–41, 280, 297, Map 7View MAP 7) Diagnosis.— Glyphidocera terrae  is most similar to G. c o r n i c u l a e but differs from the latter by having a digitate process of valva that is not apically dilated, an apical furca of the valval costa that is longer and less acutely upturned, and a smaller apical cornutus of the aedeagal vesica.

Description.— Head: Vertex and frontoclypeus brown; outer surface of labial palpus brown intermixed with pale brownish­yellow scales, segment II with pale brownish­yellow scales along apical margin; inner surface pale brownish yellow or pale yellowish brown intermixed with few brown scales; scape of antenna brown or dark brown intermixed with few pale brownish­yellow scales, flagellum pale brown; male 4 th flagellomere dorsally protuberant and curved, forming a deep concavity opposite slightly excavated flagellomeres 5–6; distal opening of concavity nearly closed by setiform scales on apex of 4 th flagellomere; proboscis brown.

Thorax: Tegula and mesonotum brown. Legs brown intermixed with pale­brown scales to near apical margins of all segments and tarsomeres. Forewing (Fig. 297): Length 7.1 –8.0 mm (n = 13), brown intermixed with few pale­brown scales; cell and surrounding areas paler than marginal areas; cell with 2 large brown spots, 1 near middle, 1 near distal end; Undersurface brown. Hindwing: Brownish gray.

Abdomen (Fig. 39): Male with 2 transverse, irregular rows of sex scales on intersegmental area between terga 2–3.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 40–41): Uncus elongate, broadly constricted near basal 1 / 4, nearly parallelsided apically, apex slightly rounded and setose; gnathos protuberant, wide basally, abruptly narrowed distal half and apically upturned, apex narrowly rounded; tegumen slightly widened basally; dorsal strut of tegumen with arms convergent, fusing medially from posteroventral margin to base of uncus; costa of valva gradually upturned from a shallow depression beyond basal digitate process to apical furca; furca angular and elongate, extending beyond base of uncus; sacculus twisted apically, constricting valva slightly before midlength, widening distoventrally, forming an elongate cucullus; cucullus membranous and setose, with a nearly straight and elongate outer margin; vesica of aedeagus denticulate, with an elongate, conical, apical cornutus; cornutus with one side slightly shortened, exposing a hollow, basal cavity.

Female Genitalia (Fig. 280): Papillae anales elongate, slightly wider basally than apically; apophysis posterioris and apophysis anterioris about equal in length; eighth sternum narrower than eighth tergum; posterior margin of eighth sternum broadly rounded, anterior margin emarginate; posterior margin of eighth tergum broadly emarginate, anterior margin broadly rounded; antrum enlarged posteriorly from a narrow anterior part, posterior margin broadly rounded, posterolateral margin angular; constricted anterior part with a pair of short, spinelike processes inside cavity formed from outer wall; ductus bursae short; corpus bursae slightly expanded posteriorly, denticulate on anterior 2 / 3; inception of ductus seminalis enlarged; ductus seminalis coiled throughout length, decreasing in diameter from a widened base to apex; base of ductus seminalis with a small, single­coiled, internal support; a slightly enlarged bulla opposite side of ductus seminalis; bulla with a twisted, platelike, internal support.

Holotype, ɗ, “Est[ación] Pitilla, 700 m, 9 km S S[an]ta Cecilia, Prov[incia] Guan[acaste], COSTA RICA, P. Rios & C. Moraga, 10 Set.– 22 Oct. 1990, L­N­ 330200, 380200 ”, INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 000, 579902 ” [bar code label], “ INBio, ɗ Genitalia Slide by D. Adamski, No. 733 ” [yellow label].

Paratypes (9 ɗ, 3 Ψ): 1 ɗ, “Est. Pitilla, 700 m, 9 km S Sta. Cecilia, Prov. Guan., COSTA RICA, P. Rios & C. Moraga, 10 Set.– 22 Oct. 1990, L­N­ 330200, 380200 ”, “ CRI 000, 182146 ”, “Slide No. 731 ”; 1 ɗ, “ Set. 1991, C. Moraga”, “ CRI 000, 460236 ”, “Slide No. 730 ”; 1 ɗ, “ 6–19 Set. 1993, P. Rios, # 2345 ”, “ CRI 001, 613362 ”, “Slide No. 741 ”; 1 ɗ, “P. Rios & C. Moraga, Oct. 1990 ”, “ CRI 000, 226245 ”, “Slide No. 742 ”; 1 ɗ, “ Dic. 1990 ”, “ CRI 000, 281095 ”; “Slide No. 735 ”; 1 ɗ, “C. Moraga, May 1991 ”, “ CRI 000, 649000 ”, “Slide No. 732 ”; 1 Ψ, “ 2–9 Mar. 1992 ”, “ CRI 000, 414815 ”, “Slide No. 737 ”; 1 Ψ, “C. Moraga & P. Rios, Nov. 1990 ”, “ CRI 000, 686179 ”, “Slide No. 739 ”; 1 Ψ, “C. Moraga, Ago. 1991 ”, “ CRI 000, 537964 ”, “Slide No. 743 ”; 1 ɗ, “ May 1995, P. Rios, L­N­ 329950, 380450, # 4815 ”, “ CRI 1002, 203461”, “Slide No. 740 ”; 1 Ψ, “Fca. San Gabriel, 2 km SW Dos Ríos, 600 m, Prov. Alaj., COSTA RICA, I Curso Microlepidop., Jul. 1990, L­ N­ 318800, 383500 ”, “ CRI 000, 475389 ”, “Slide No. 514 ”; 1 ɗ, “Est. Carrillo, 700 m, P. N. Braulio Carrillo, Prov. S. José, Costa Rica, I Curso Microlepidop., Jul. 1990, L­N­ 236700, 541800 ”, CRI 000, 219478 ”, “Slide No. 835 ”, (7 in INBio, 5 in USNM).

Distribution ( Map 7View MAP 7): Glyphidocera terrae  is known from three collecting sites in north­western Costa Rica along the Cordillera de Guanacaste, and one collecting site north of San José, along the Cordillera Central.

Etymology: The species epithet is derived from the Latin word for earth ­ terra.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History