Heterospilus terrabas Marsh,

Marsh, Paul M., Wild, Alexander L. & Whitfield, James B., 2013, The Doryctinae (Braconidae) of Costa Rica: genera and species of the tribe Heterospilini, ZooKeys 347, pp. 1-474: 411-412

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Heterospilus terrabas Marsh

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Heterospilus terrabas Marsh  sp. n. Figure 284


Body size: 2.5-3.0 mm. Color: head with vertex brown, face yellow; scape yellow without lateral brown stripe; flagellum brown; mesosoma and metasoma dark brown; wing veins including stigma brown; legs yellow. Head: vertex smooth; frons smooth; face smooth; temple in dorsal view narrow but slightly bulging behind eye, width less than 1/2 eye width; malar space less than 1/4 eye height; ocell-ocular distance about 1.5 times diameter of lateral ocellus; 21-23 flagellomeres. Mesosoma: mesoscutal lobes granulate; notauli scrobiculate, meeting posteriorly in triangular costate area; scutellum weakly granulate; prescutellar furrow with 1 cross carina; mesopleuron smooth; precoxal sulcus smooth, shorter than mesopleuron; venter smooth; propodeum with basal median areas margined, weakly granulate or partially smooth, basal median carina present, areola distinctly margined, areolar area rugose, lateral areas entirely rugose. Wings: fore wing vein r shorter than vein 3RSa, vein 1cu-a beyond vein 1M; hind wing vein SC+R present, vein M+CU shorter than vein 1M. Metasoma: first tergum longitudinally costate, length greater than apical width; second tergum longitudinally costate; anterior transverse groove present, straight; posterior transverse groove present; third tergum costate basally, smooth apically; terga 4-7 smooth; ovipositor longer than metasoma.

Holotype female.

Top label (white, printed) - COSTA RICA: Puntarenas [;] Reserva Forestal Golfo Dulce [;] 3km SW of Rincon, 10m [;] Mar-April 1992, P. Hanson [;] primary forest, Malaise trap; second label (red, partially printed and hand written) - HOLOTYPE [;] Heterospilus [;] terrabas [;] P. Marsh. Deposited in ESUW.


1 ♀, same data as holotype (ESUW).


The short ocell-ocular distance and short malar space, long ovipositor and single cross carina in the prescutellar furrow are distinctive for this species.


Named for the Térrabas, an indigenous people from Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica.