Microplitis marshallii Kokujev

Ranjith, A. P., Rajesh, K. M. & Nasser, M., 2015, Taxonomic studies on Oriental Microplitis Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae, Microgastrinae) with description of two new species from South India, Zootaxa 3963 (3), pp. 369-415: 401-402

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Microplitis marshallii Kokujev


Microplitis marshallii Kokujev  

Microplitis marshallii Kokujev 1900   (in Marshall 1900): 183; Szépligeti 1903: 114; Fahringer 1937: 282; Telenga 1955: 172; Filipescu 1962: 90; Chen & Song 2004: 227. Holotype ZISP.

Female. Body length 2.8–3.1 mm.

Head: Head 1.8–2.1 × as wide as long in dorsal view; face 1.2 × as wide as high, rugose setose ( Fig. 15 View FIGURE 15 -B); ocelli forming a high triangle; upper temple with fine punctation; antennae longer than body ( Fig. 15 View FIGURE 15 -A).

Mesosoma: Mesosoma 1.7 × as long as high; notauli well developed, represented by coarsely crenulate furrows meeting posteriorly to form a sunken rugose-reticulation area, and divided by a short medio-longitudinal ridge ( Fig. 15 View FIGURE 15 -C); scutellar lunules wide, divided by five carinae ( Fig. 15 View FIGURE 15 -C); propodeum with medial longitudinal carina, coarsely rugose ( Fig. 15 View FIGURE 15 -D); scutellum small, densely rugose ( Fig. 15 View FIGURE 15 -D); pronotum densely rugose; hind coxa small, reaching anterior edge of T 1; hind tibial spurs 0.3–0.4 × as long as basitarsus.

Wings: 1 -R 1 1.2–1.5 × as long as its distance from apex of radial cell, and 0.9–1 × as long as pterostigma respectively ( Fig. 15 View FIGURE 15 -F); r as long as 2 -SR; areolet rectangular ( Fig. 15 View FIGURE 15 -F); first discal cell 1.1 × as long as high; 1 - CU 1 0.5–0.6 × as long as 2 -CU 1.

Metasoma: T 1 2–2.2 × as long as wide, parallel sided, smooth anteriorly, rest rugose-reticulate ( Fig. 15 View FIGURE 15 -D); T 2 and T 3 smooth without median field, and other tergites smooth, with short setae ( Fig. 15 View FIGURE 15 -D); hypopygium small; ovipositor as long as second hind tarsus.

Colour: Body black, antennae blackish brown, palpi yellowish white, fore and hind wings hyaline, all coxae reddish black brown, fore and mid yellowish brown, and hind legs reddish brown to black brown, but in basal 2 / 3 of hind tibia yellow, the rest and tarsi blackish brown, sternites 1–3 yellowish brown, the rest reddish brown to dark reddish brown.

Male: Body length 3.3–3.5 mm long, leg yellow to yellowish brown, but most part of hind coxae blackish brown, most part of hind tibia yellowish, apex and hind tibia and all tarsi brown.

Distribution. China (Fujian and Yunnan).

Host. Unknown.

Discussion. This species is close to M. zhaoi   in having the face 1.2 × as wide as long, scutellar lunules divided by five carinae and presence of medial longitudinal carina between antennal sockets. It differs from M. zhaoi   in the following characters: head 2.1 × as wide as long (in M. zhaoi   head 1.8 × as wide as long), hind coxa reddish black (in M. zhaoi   hind coxa black), propodeum coarsely rugose (in M. zhaoi   propodeum reticulo-rugose).

Comments. Type material could not be directly examined, but images of the holotype taken by Dr. Tang Pu (ZUH) were used to compare with the new species described in this paper.


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Microplitis marshallii Kokujev

Ranjith, A. P., Rajesh, K. M. & Nasser, M. 2015

Microplitis marshallii

Chen 2004: 227
Filipescu 1962: 90
Telenga 1955: 172
Fahringer 1937: 282
Szepligeti 1903: 114