Xorides gloriosus (Szépligeti, 1914), Szepligeti, 1914

Varga, Oleksandr, 2019, Revision of theAfrotropical Xorides Latréille, 1809 (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae Xoridinae), with description of three new species, Zootaxa 4638 (1), pp. 57-80: 60-62

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Xorides gloriosus (Szépligeti, 1914)


Xorides gloriosus (Szépligeti, 1914)  

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Material examined. Holotype. Lost ( Townes & Townes, 1973). Other material. ERYTHRAEA: female, Ghinda, without date, det. G., Szépligeti (deposited in: HNHM).

Diagnosis. Xorides gloriosus   is characterized by the combination of the following characters: body generally metallic-blue; vertex sparsely punctate; face rugulose; pronotum rugulose, rugulo-punctate dorsally; epomia present; epicnemial carina present; propodeum with longitudinal and partly transverse carinae, tooth-like projections present; fore and middle trochantelli with apical tooth; fore wing with vein cu-a basad of Rs&M by about 0.2 of its length; first metasomal tergite 1.8× as long as apical width, densely, but weakly punctate, with weak transverse grooves, carinae absent; ovipositor about 2.9× length of hind tibia.

Re-description. Female (Fig. 2). Body length 28.0 mm. Fore wing 22.0 mm.

Head (Figs 2A, 2C) depressed, temples narrowed behind eyes, covered with short white setae; frons transversely wrinkled, with very short carina-like projection between antennal sockets (ending not far from the line of antennal sockets); length of the ocellar-ocular distance 2.1× maximum diameter of a lateral ocellus; ocelli small, hind ocellus not extending behind eye; vertex sparsely punctate; temples sparsely punctate ventrally, transversely wrinkled dorsally; occipital carina complete; antenna with at least 16 flagellomeres (apex broken); face about 0.4×

Mesosoma (Figs 2B, 2C, 2E) with dense white setae; propleuron rugulo-punctate; pronotum strongly swollen apically, rugulose, rugulo-punctate dorsally, epomia present; mesoscutum elongate, transversely wrinkled proximally and laterally, rugose distally, with strong notauli; scutellum rugulo-punctate and postscutellum sparsely punctate; mesopleuron rugulo-punctate anteroventrally, smooth posteriorly, with long setae; epicnemial carina present, reaching edge of pronotum near middle of mesopleuron; sternaulus weak and almost indistinct, present on posterior 0.5 of mesopleuron; metapleuron rugulo-punctate; propodeum rugulose laterally, smooth proximally, with longitudinal and partly transverse carinae present, tooth-like projections present; pleural and submetapleural carinae present; spiracles elongate.

Legs slender, hind femur 5.0× as long as wide; hind coxae densely punctate, fore and middle tibiae swollen, as wide as femora; with V-shaped median ventral groove; fore and middle trochantelli with apical tooth; tarsal claws simple.

Wings. Fore wing with vein 2 rs-m short, about 0.6× distance between 2 rs-m and 2 m-cu; vein cu-a basad of Rs&M by about 0.2 of its length; hind wing with distance between distal abscissa of Cu 1 and M about as long as vein cu-a.

Metasoma (Figs 2F, 2H) punctate; first tergite 1.8× as long as apical width, densely, but weakly punctate, with weak transverse grooves, carinae absent, swollen posterocentrally; second tergite 0.9× as long as apical width, the same sculpture as first tergite, with two basolateral and third central triangular swellings delimited by basolateral and subapical transverse grooves; third tergite 0.6× as long as apical width, with the same sculpture on basolateral swellings, impunctate behind them; the remaining tergites smooth, short and largely hidden under third tergite; ovipositor about 2.9× length of hind tibia, with the apical teeth; ovipositor sheaths absent (broken).

Colour. Body and coxae metallic-blue except the rest of legs and clypeus brown; antenna with flagellomeres 10–11 and 12 th basally whitish; Pterostigma brown, yellowish basally; two stripes on fore wing brown.

Male. Unknown.

Distribution. Ethiopia (original description), Erythraea.


Hungarian Natural History Museum (Termeszettudomanyi Muzeum)