Phanuromyia shashikalae,

Veenakumari, Kamalanathan & Prashanth, Mohanraj, 2019, Eight new species of xanthic Telenominae Thomson, 1860 (Platygastroidea, Scelionidae) from India, Zoosystema 41 (18), pp. 341-358: 351

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Phanuromyia shashikalae

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Phanuromyia shashikalae  n. sp.

( Fig. 6View FIG)

TYPE MATERIAL. — Holotype. ♀, ICAR / NBAIR/2070, India: Karnataka: Chikkaballapur, Nandi Hills , 13°37’02”N, 77°41’00”E, 1448 m, SN, 18.IX.2010.GoogleMaps 

DIAGNOSIS. — This species is closer to Phanuromyia rufocoxalis  n. sp. but differs from it in the following combination of character states. In P. shashikalae  n. sp. preoccipital area absent, posterior margin of mesoscutellum uniformly rounded and metapleuron coarsely sculptured with ventrally radiating striae from metapleural pit. Whereas in P. rufocoxalis  n. sp. preoccipital area is distinct, posterior margin of mesoscutellum angular and metapleuron entirely smooth except for a few foveae ventrally.

ETYMOLOGY. — This species is named “shashikalae’ after B. Shashikala in recognition of her invaluable assistance in the laboratory. The name is treated as a noun in the genitive case.



Body length = 1.08 mm.


Head and mesosoma black; metasoma golden yellow with dark lateral margins; legs yellowish brown except brownish yellow fore coxae; eyes black; radicle, A1, yellowish brown, A2-A7 brownish yellow, clava blackish brown; mandibles reddish brown ( Fig. 6AView FIG).

Head ( Fig. 6View FIG A-E)

FCI=1.25; LCI=1.41; IOS 0.92 × eye length; entire frons coriaceous reticulate, reticulations longer than wide basally; gena coriaceous reticulate; vertex coriaceous reticulate, not setose; eyes (L: W=20.2: 19.7) large, bare; POL: LOL in ratio of 17.4: 9.5; a central keel extends up to half the length of frons; lateral ocelli contiguous with orbits; a weak hyperoccipital carina present; preoccipital area reticulate; occiput weakly coriaceous reticulate.

Mesosoma ( Fig. 6A, C, E, FView FIG)

Mesoscutum (L: W=20.5: 28.6) coriaceous reticulate, reticulations as long as wide; dorsal lateral pronotal area coriaceous reticulate, remainder smooth; mesopleuron entirely smooth except for reticulations antero-ventrally, prespecular and mesepimeral sulci nonfoveate; sternaulus not foveate; mesopleural pit and mesopleural carina distinct; mesopleural depression smooth; metapleuron coarsely sculptured with weak striae radiating ventrally from the metapleural pit; scutoscutellar sulcus uniformly wide, non-foveate; mesoscutellum semicircular (L: W=8.4: 17.9), smooth, with posterior margins almost curving smoothly; posterior mesoscutellar sulcus foveate; metascutellum smooth with weak vertical costae laterally and with no foveae on anterior margin; metanotal trough smooth; lateral propodeal area smooth; fore wing (L: W= 69.6: 22.3) and hind wing (L: W= 63.3: 9.2) with dense microtrichia; length of fore wing and hind wing marginal cilia 0.18 × and 0.8 × width of their respective wings; a row of stout cilia present on submarginalis, marginalis and post marginalis.

Metasoma ( Fig. 6AView FIG): (L: W=37.3: 25.0); T1 foveate anteromedially, remainder smooth; T1 with distinct lateral carina and two lateral setae; T2 with basal foveae anteromedially, followed by weak striae extending medially 0.4 × length of tergite, remainder smooth; length and width of tergites T1: T 2 in ratio of 3.9: 12.7, 29.8: 20.4, respectively; ovipositor short.


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