Notogaster poultonae Fernandez-Triana & Ward, 2020

Fernández-Triana, Jose L. & Ward, Darren F., 2020, Notogaster, a new genus of Microgastrinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from New Zealand, Zootaxa 4801 (2), pp. 251-279 : 268

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Notogaster poultonae Fernandez-Triana & Ward

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Notogaster poultonae Fernandez-Triana & Ward   , sp. nov.

( Figs 16 View FIGURE 16 A–G)

Holotype. Female ( NHM), NEW ZEALAND, BR, St Arnaud, 650m, -41.8052 172.8501, 12/xii/1980, JS Noyes, EW Valentine & AK Walker. Voucher code: CNC309851 View Materials . GoogleMaps  

Paratypes. 16 Females, 1 Male ( CNC, NHM, NZAC)   . 3 Females, BR   , St Arnaud , 650m, 12/12/1980, JS Noyes, EW Valentine, AK Walker, CNC841338 View Materials , CNC1196850 View Materials , CNC1196556 View Materials   ; 12 Female, BR   , St Arnaud , 650m, 12/12/1980, JS Noyes, EW Valentine, AK Walker, NHM   ; 1 Male, MC   , Kelly’s Creek camp ground, nr Otira, 20/1/1974 – 23/1/1974, GE Sherwell, NHM   ; 1 Female, OL, Coronet Peak , 1450m, 27/1/1996, BIP Barratt, Malaise trap, NZAC   04191890.

Diagnostic description. Mesosoma entirely to mostly dark (dark brown or black), lighter areas very small and localized; metasoma dorsally entirely dark (brown or black); gena without pale spot or with very small, almost indistinguishable spot; tegula pale; first two pairs of legs entirely pale (yellow, orange or light yellow-brown), rarely with coxae darker; metacoxa mostly light brown, with small yellow area apically; metafemur mostly pale (yellow, orange or light yellow-brown); metatibia mostly yellow; T 2 mostly sculptured. See Table 1 View TABLE 1 for additional morphological measurements. Notogaster poultonae   is morphologically similar to N. withersae   , both species can be distinguished from all other Notogaster   species based on the combination of mesosoma and metasoma being mostly to entirely dark brown to black while legs are entirely to mostly yellow, and the gena does not have a pale spot at base (or, at most, with a very small and poorly defined spot, almost indistinguishable from rest of gena). N. poultonae   has metacoxa mostly brown (entirely yellow in N. withersae   ), fore wing vein 1CUb much longer (2.0–3.0 ×) than 1CUa (in withersae   1Cub is only slightly longer (1.3 ×) as 1CUa), and T 2 is comparatively more quadrate, its width at posterior margin 1.6–2.2 × its median length (in N. withersae   T 2 is more transverse, its width at posterior margin 2.6–2.8 × its median length).

Molecular data. There are no DNA barcode sequences in BOLD for this species.

Distribution. BR, MC, OL ( Fig. 5 View FIGURES 1−9 ).

Etymology. Named after Jo Poulton for her contribution to entomology in New Zealand.


University of Nottingham


Embrapa Agrobiology Diazothrophic Microbial Culture Collection


Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes


New Zealand Arthropod Collection


Museo de Cipolleti


Tavera, Department of Geology and Geophysics