Glyphidocera cauponae, DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005

DAVID ADAMSKI, 2005, Review of Glyphidocera Walsingham of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Glyphidoceridae), Zootaxa 858, pp. 1-158: 57-58

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Glyphidocera cauponae

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Glyphidocera cauponae   , new species

(Figs. 84–86, 315, Map 16 View MAP 16 )

Diagnosis.— Glyphidocera cauponae   can be distinguished from its congeners by the following unique combination of features: a broad dorsal strut of tegumen, an elongate digitate process of the valva, a short sacculus, an elongate and narrow cucullus of the valva, and an elongate furca of valval costa.

Description.— Head: Scales of vertex and frontoclypeus brown tipped with pale brown; outer surface of labial palpus brown intermixed with pale­brown scales, segment II with pale­brown scales along apical margin; inner surface pale brown; scape of antenna pale brown intermixed with few brown 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 open, setiform scales on apex of protuberance of 4 th flagellomere absent; proboscis pale brown.

Thorax: Tegula and mesonotum pale brown or pale brown intermixed with few brown scales. Legs brown intermixed with pale­brown scales to apical margins of all segments and tarsomeres. Forewing (Fig. 315): Length 8.0– 8.5 mm (n = 4), pale brown intermixed with few grayish­orange and brown scales; basal area with one short, brown streak on Radius or streak absent; cell with 4 brown spots, 2 near midcell, 2 near distal end. Undersurface brown. Hindwing: Brownish gray.

Abdomen (Fig. 84): Male with 4 transverse, irregular rows of sex scales on intersegmental membrane between terga 2–3 and terga 3–4. Sex scales from both areas are of about equal size.

Male Genitalia (Figs. 85–86): Uncus elongate, wide basally, slightly constricted near 1 / 3, wide at midlength narrowing apically to an acuminate apex; gnathos setose, protuberant, wide throughout length, apically upturned; tegumen slightly widened basally; dorsal strut of tegumen with arms abruptly convergent, fusing widely from posteroventral margin of tegumen to base of uncus; costa of valva slightly emarginate from beyond a shallow depression beyond an elongate, basal digitate process to apical furca; furca elongate, and slightly upturned; sacculus twisted apically, constricting valva slightly before midlength, slightly widening distoventrally, forming an elongate and narrow cucullus; cucullus membranous and setose; vesica of aedeagus densely spinulate, bearing a large apical cornutus; cornutus shortened near midlength, exposing a hollow, basal cavity.

Female Genitalia: Unknown.

Holotype, ɗ, “Est[ación] La Carsona, 1520 m, Res[erva] Biol[ógica] Monteverde, Prov[incia] Punt[arenas], COSTA RICA, Dic. 1992, N. Obando, L­N­ 253250, 449700 ”, “ INBio: COSTA RICA: CRI 001, 358275 ” [bar code label], “ INBio, ɗ Genitalia slide by D. Adamski, No. 840 ” [yellow label].

Paratypes (3 ɗ): 1 ɗ, “Est. Cacao, 1000–1400 m, Lado SO Vol. Cacao, P.N.G., Prov. Guan., COSTA RICA, C. Chaves & R. Espinoza, Nov.­Dic. 1990, L­N­ 323300, 375700 ”, “ CRI 0 0 0, 544652”, “Slide No. 947 ”; 1 ɗ, “ 1100 m, 8–18 Feb. 1995, M. Moraga, L­N­ 323100, 375800, # 4623 ”, “Slide No. 940 ”; 1 ɗ, “Est. La Casona, 1520 m, Res. Biol. Monteverde, Prov. Puntarenas, COSTA RICA, Ago. 1992, N. Obando, L­N­ 253250, 449700 ”, “ CRI 000, 947147 ”, “Slide No. 510 ”, (2 in INBio, 1 in USNM).

Distribution ( Map 16 View MAP 16 ): Glyphidocera cauponae   is known from four collecting sites in Costa Rica; two nearby sites in the northwest along the Cordillera de Guanacaste, one site along the southern side of the Cordillera Central in the west­central part of the country, and one site in north near the Caribbean coast.

Etymology: The species epithet cauponae   is derived from the Latin word for tavern ­ caupona.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universit�rio


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History