Ateleute kichua, Bordera, Santiago & Saeaeksjaervi, Ilari E., 2012
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Holotype: ECUADOR, ♀, Dept. Orellana, Onkone Gare, 0°39'25.7"S, 76°27'10.8"W, Canopy fogging, 216.3 m., 30.IX.1996, T. L. Erwin et al. Lot.1677 (USNM).
ECUADOR, 1 ♂, same locality, 21-V-1994, T. L. Erwin et al. Lot.702; 1 ♂, same locality, 2-VI-1995, T. L. Erwin et al. Lot.1084; 1 ♂, same locality, 8-X-1995, T. L. Erwin et al. Lot.1268 (2 ♂ in USNM and 1 ♂ in ZMUT).
Female. Body length (without ovipositor) 5.9 mm, head length × width 0.6 × 1.2 mm, mesosoma length × width (mesoscutum) 2.0 × 0.8 mm, length of ovipositor sheath 1.3 mm, fore wing length 4.2 mm, flagellum 6.2 mm.
Head. Transverse, 0.48 times as long as wide, strongly narrowed behind eyes, gena at same level as hind rim of eye (dorsal view). Antenna with 30 flagellomeres; flagellum longer than body, 1.49 times as long as fore wing (Fig. 2C); its segments 1, 4, 7 and 12 about 9.57, 6.25, 2.50 and 1.20 times as long as wide, respectively; basal flagellar segments 1 to 4 slightly compressed, flagellomeres 5 to 9 cylindrical and from 10 to near apex depressed (flattened ventrally with short sensory setae in this area); maximum width of flagellum about twice minimum width of first flagellomere; flagellum strongly tapered towards apex. Clypeus strongly convex, its margin sharp slightly truncate in centre. Mandible 2.27 times as long as width at middle, teeth equal or lower tooth little longer, base strongly swollen. Malar space about 0.65 times as long as basal width of mandible. Occipital carina absent dorsally, ventrally joining hypostomal carina just before mandible. Ocellar-ocular distance and distance between hind ocelli 1.10 and 1.30 times maximum diameter of lateral ocellus, respectively. Face finely coriaceous, dense and finely punctate, with silvery hairs. Frons and vertex coriaceous, with some isolated short hairs, lower vertex and occiput strongly concave centrally; gena shiny, slightly coriaceous, hairless in upper half, with moderately long silvery hairs in lower part.
Mesosoma. Upper margin of pronotum not swollen. Lateral part of collar bordered behind by weak carina. Pronotum strongly coriaceous-punctate, laterally longitudinally strigose with sparse silvery hairs. Mesoscumum coriaceous, shiny. Notauli reaching tegula level, convergent, strongly impressed with tight transverse wrinkles along its length. Prescutelar groove with longitudinal wrinkles. Scutellum coriaceous, with complete lateral carinae. Mesopleuron strongly coriaceous-punctate, with white long hairs; these hairs absent in an antero-posterior diagonal band that includes speculum. Mesopleural fovea absent or represented by a weak impression far in front of mesopleural suture. Sternaulus virtually absent. Metapleuron and propodeum densely punctate or rugulose-punctate on a strongly coriaceous background, with very dense and long whitish hairs. Posterior transverse carina of mesosternum complete (not interrupted infront of each middle coxa). Propodeum long, its spiracle round and very small. Anterior transverse carina absent. Posterior transverse carina present in the centre and in area posteroexterna, obsolescent laterally. Median longitudinal carinae of propodeum slightly distinct anterior to apical transverse carina; lateral longitudinal carina absent anterior to apical transverse carina, shortly present distally. Pleural carina strong. Area petiolaris confluent with areas posteroexterna. Vein 3rs-m unpigmented. Vein 2rs-m obliterated or at most 0.10 times the length of abscissa of M between 2rs-m and 2m-cu. Vein 2m-cu vertical with one bulla. Cu-a of fore wing clearly distal of Rs&M. Abscissa of Cu1 between 1m-cu and Cu1a inclivous, forming angle of 150° with Cu1, 1.25 times length of Cu1b (Fig. 5C). M+Cu of hind wing strongly arched. Hind wing with distal abscissa of Cu1 pigmented. Cu1&cu-a angled clearly below middle. Distal abscissa of 1A of hind wing moderately long and strong. Tip of axillus very close toanal margin. Tibiae and tarsi with sparse stout bristles, stronger and denser on hind leg. Hind femur with some stout bristles at distad part.
Metasoma. First tergite smooth and polished about 1.65 times as long as maximum width (Fig. 4B), laterally with isolated long silvery hairs; its maximum width at apex about 3.80 times minimum width (at base). Median dorsal carinae of first tergite absent, dorsolateral carinae shortly present at base, ventrolateral carinae slightly distinct posteriorly. Spiracle at anterior 0.30-0.40 of tergite. Tergite 2 1.04 times as long as maximum width, shiny, coriaceous, with short and very sparse hairs laterally; tergites 3-8 coriaceous, rather densely pubescent. Thyridium absent. Ovipositor sheath 0.60 times as long as hind tibia, truncate at apex (Fig. 3C). Ovipositor moderately slender and slightly down curved (Fig. 2C), its tip elongate lanceolate, nodus weak, its lower valve with three weak lateral ridges at apex.
Coloration (Fig. 2C). Head and mesosoma black; central part of mandibles, metasoma except first three tergites dorsally, all femora fore and mid tibiae, ovipositor, scapus and pedicel below and front and mid coxa, reddish-brown. Base of mandible and teeth, flagellum and dorsal central part of first tergite, second and third, hind coxa, trochanter, trochantellus, tibia and distal tarsomere, dark brown. Flagellomeres 5-10 above, palpi, front apex of coxa, trochanter and trochantellus and tegula, white. Hind tarsus (except distal tarsomere) light yellow. Base of first tergite and mid trochanter and part of trochantellus yellow. Ovipositor sheath brownish.
Male. Body length 4.0-4.3 mm, head length × width 0.3-0.4 × 0.6-0.8 mm, mesosoma length × width (mesoscutum) 1.2-1.3 × 0.4-0.5 mm, fore wing length 2.7-3.0 mm, flagellum 4.1-4.4 mm.
Head. Transverse, 0.49-0.57 times as long as wide, strongly narrowed behind eyes, gena slightly rounded (dorsal view). Antenna thin, filiform with 25-25 flagellomeres; flagellum longer than body, 1.50-1.60 times as long as fore wing (Fig. 8A), measures of flagellomeres different; basal half of flagellum slightly compressed. Mandible 2.14-2.28 as long as its width at middle. Malar space about 0.30 times as long as basal width of mandible. Ocellar-ocular distance and distance between hind ocelli 1.14-1.33 and 1.57-1.71 times maximum diameter of lateral ocellus, respectively. Vertex slightly coriaceous, elevated above the eye level, abruptly folded behind hind ocelli in a vertical lower vertex, lower vertex and occiput smooth and shiny, deeply concave centrally.
Mesosoma. Pronotum slightly coriaceous. Scutellum smooth. Mesopleuron coriaceous with short and sparse white hairs. Sternaulus slightly impressed anteriorly. Whitish hairs of metapleuron and propodeum shorter. Posterior transverse carina strong and complete. Median longitudinal and lateral longitudinal carina of propodeum absent anterior to apical transverse carina; lateral longitudinal carina, shortly present distally. Vein 2rs-m obliterated. Vein 2m-cu slightly inclivous, abscissa of Cu1 between 1m-cu and Cu1a inclivous, forming an angle of 140°-150° with Cu1, 1.20-1.40 times length of Cu1b (Fig. 5D). Hind wing with distal abscissa of Cu1 pigmented. Cu1&cu-a angled clearly below middle. Hind femur with numerous stout bristles (Fig. 7A).
Metasoma. First tergite coriaceous about 1.86-2.03 times as long as maximum width; maximum width at apex about 2.10-2.30 times minimum width (at base). Median dorsal carinae of first tergite absent, dorsolateral carina present anterior spiracle, ventrolateral carinae more or less distinct posteriorly. Spiracle in anterior 0.37-0.42 of tergite. Tergite 2 not measured. Thyridium weak, as a granulate, small and transverse depression. Claspers transversally and widely truncate (Fig. 6A).
Coloration (Fig. 8A).Body brown. Mandibles (except teeth), palpi, front and middle legs except base of coxa and distal tarsomere, yellow. Scapus and pedicel light brown. Hind trochanter, trochantellus, femur and anterior part of tibia, orange. Second and third tarsomeres of hind leg and sometimes the most part of first and fourth, whitish.
Females differ from Ateleute carolina , Ateleute grossa and Ateleute tinctoria by their coloration: head and mesosoma entirely black and metasoma anteriorly dark brown and posteriorly reddish-brown. They differ from other South American species by their brownish ovipositor sheath, moderately truncate at the apex; head 0.48 times as long as wide; antenna (except white band) dark brown with 30 flagellomeres; first tergite 1.65 times as long as wide posteriorly; abscissa of Cu1 between 1m-cu and Cu1a 1.25 times the length of Cu1b; vein 2rs-m obliterated or at most 0.10 times the length of abscissa of M between 2rs-m and 2m-cu; vein 2m-cu vertical; malar space about 0.65 times as long as basal width of mandible and body length 5.9 mm. Males differ from other species by their claspers being transversally and widely truncate; vein 2rs-m obliterated and hind femur with numerous conspicuous stout bristles.
We have linked males and females of this species using the following characters: vein 2rs-m vein obliterated or at most 0.10 times the length of abscissa of M between 2rs-m and 2m-cu (Figs 5C, D) and the abscissa of Cu1 between 1m-cu and Cu1a inclivous, forming an angle of 140°-150° with Cu1, 1.20-1.40 times the length of Cu1b (Figs 5C, D). This combination of characters differs from those of other South American species.
This species is dedicated to the Ecuadorian Kichwa people, who live in the Department of Orellana, Ecuador.
Adults fly in May-June and September-October.
The specimens have been collected by canopy fogging in Onkone Gare, Department of Orellana, Ecuador, in the same habitat as Ateleute huaorani .
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