Goetheana kobzari Gumovsky

Gumovsky, Alex, 2016, Review of Afrotropical species of Goetheana Girault (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae), with description of a new species, Zootaxa 4147 (5), pp. 551-563 : 560-561

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Goetheana kobzari Gumovsky

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Goetheana kobzari Gumovsky , sp. n.

( Figs 1 View FIGURE 1 F–H, 2E, F, 3I, J, 4C)

Comparative notes. Individuals of G. kobzari differ from those of other described species of Goetheana in having a bicolored body, especially the notably bicolored mesosoma (the pronotum, anterior half of the mesoscutum, metanotum and propodeum are dark brown whereas the rest of the mesonotum is pale, Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 F–H). Fore wing chaetotaxy resembles that of G. pushkini , in which the apical area of the fore wing disc (beyond the venation) is bare except for one row of setae along the anterior margin and a short row of setae extending from the stigmal vein ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 E, F). Also, as in G. pushkini , F2 is somewhat longer than broader in females ( Fig. 3 View FIGURE 3 J), unlike F 2 in G. incerta / shakespearei ( Fig. 3 View FIGURE 3 F, H). Similarly to the other species, males of G. kobzari differ from those of G. incerta in having an expanded scape; however, the scape narrows towards its base ( Fig. 3 View FIGURE 3 I), unlike the scape of males of G. shakespearei , G. pushkini and G. rabelaisi . Also, the propodeum has visible coarse sculpture laterally and medially ( Fig. 4 View FIGURE 4 C) whereas the propodeum is at most striate laterally and nearly smooth medially in G. incerta and G. shakespearei ( Fig. 4 View FIGURE 4 A, B).

Description. Male. Antenna pale; mesosoma pale except pronotum, anterior half of mesoscutum, metanotum and propodeum mostly dark, the metanotum and propodeum with a median pale stripe, and scutellum with a weak infumation ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 F– H). Legs and metasoma pale (tip of metasoma a little darker). Wings hyaline, veins pale.

Antenna ( Fig. 3 View FIGURE 3 I) with scape expanded apically, 2.3–2.4× as long as wide. Pedicel 2.0× as long as broad, 0.45– 0.6× as long as scape and 0.6× as long as F2 + club. F1 very small, about as long as broad, about 0.5× as wide as F2. F2 as long as broad and as broad as CL1. CL1–3 narrowing distally, CL1 and CL2 wider than long, CL3 somewhat longer than broad.

Mesosoma as long as metasoma ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 G, H), with weak striation on mesoscutum and scutellum. Propodeum with visible reticulation laterally and elongate striae medially ( Fig. 4 View FIGURE 4 C). Fore wing ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 F) about 6.0–6.4× as long as wide in its broadest part; longest marginal seta about 2.2–2.5× maximum fore wing width; wing bare except disc with a cubital row of setae continued as row of setae along posterior margin of wing, with another row of setae above it directed towards stigmal vein, and another one or two short rows of setae arising from stigmal vein. Hind wing about 10–11× as long as wide; its disc bare except for short setae forming an irregular row. Genitalia typical for the genus, without digiti.

Measurements (holotype, in micrometers, as length or length/width for the wings). Body: 587. Antennascape: 98; pedicel: 45; F1: 16; F2: 27; club: 68. Fore wing: 376/58; longest marginal seta: 146. Hind wing: 314/30; longest marginal seta: 135.

Female ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 F). Similar to male except for the normal sexually dimorphic features such as the proportions of antennal segments and the genitalia. Scape slender, 5.0–5.3× as long as wide, F2 1.5× longer than broad, CL3 2.0– 2.1× as long as wide ( Fig. 3 View FIGURE 3 J). Fore wing somewhat longer than in male, 5.7–6.0× as long as wide ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 E). Ovipositor very short, about 0.3× as long as gaster.

Type material. Holotype Ƌ, Republic of South Africa , Limpopo Province, Phalaborwa, Molengraaf Farm between Palabora Copper Mine and Phalaborwa town, 6–12.XII.2014 (A. Gumovsky & T.S. Mthombeni) ( BMNH, Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 G, H).

Paratypes: 2 Ƌ, 2 ♀, same as holotype; 1 Ƌ, used for a microscopic slide (MNHN, SIZK, SANC); ♀, Uganda, Semuliki National Park , Northern area, savanna, 16.III.2013 (A. Gumovsky) ( SIZK) ; ♀, Central African Republic, Prefecture Sangha-Mbaéré, Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Mabéa-Bai , 21.4 km, 53° NE Bayanga, 03°02.01'N 16°24.57'E, 510 m, 7.V.2001, sweep, Lowland Rainforest, marsh clearing, CAR 01 View Materials GoogleMaps -S68 (S. van Noort), SAM-HYM PO65297 (SAMC).

Host. Unknown.

Distribution. South Africa, Uganda, Central African Republic. Due to the disjunct distribution reported here, this species may be expected to be widely distributed across the Afrotropics.

Etymology. The specific epithet derives from “kobzar”, an itinerant Ukrainian bard and also the nickname of the famous Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko (1814–1861). This is a continuation of the trend of A.A. Girault’s and S.V. Triapitsyn naming species of this genus after the great poets and writers of the past.


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