Oreiscelio zuzkae Talamas & Johnson, 2009

Talamas, Elijah, Johnson, Norman, van Noort, Simon, Masner, Lubomir & Polaszek, Andrew, 2009, Revision of world species of the genus Oreiscelio Kieffer (Hymenoptera, Platygastroidea, Platygastridae), ZooKeys 6 (6), pp. 1-68 : 62-65

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Oreiscelio zuzkae Talamas & Johnson

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Oreiscelio zuzkae Talamas & Johnson   , sp. n.



Figures 5 View Figures 1-6.86 View Figures 61-66.96 , 18 View Figures 13-18.88 , 133-138 View Figures 133-138 ; Morphbank 64

Description. General: Body length of female: 3.3-3.9 mm (n=14). Body color: black.

Antenna: Color of antennae in female: A1–A6 yellow; A7–A12 dark brown to black. Seta on pedicel of antenna in female: present, not reaching apex of A3.

Head: Color of setae on the head: white. Sculpture of dorsal frons between frontal carina and median ocellus: areolate. Preocellar pit in females: absent, indicated by a small round depression, present as a distinct pit. Transverse rugae at vertex: present. Sculpture of posterior vertex: areolate. Sculpture of occipital rim: areolate. Interantennal process: simple. Number of anteriorly projecting setae on anteclypeus: 6. Color of mandibles in female: yellow throughout with teeth brown. Mandibular teeth in female: ventral tooth larger, but less than 2x as long as dorsal tooth. Sculpture of ventral gena anterior to genal carina: row of shallow areolae with reduced ridges between cells. Sculpture of ventral gena posterior to genal carina: coarsely and irregularly punctate, irregularly rugose. Shape of anteclypeus: striplike, straight to slightly convex.

Legs: Color of legs: coxae brown, legs otherwise yellow.

Mesosoma: Sculpture of dorsal pronotum: areolate. Color of setae on the dorsal mesosoma: white, yellow. Sculpture of medial mesoscutum: areolate. Sculpture of lateral mesoscutum: same as medial mesoscutum with a subtle confusion of sculptural elements. Notaulus in female: present. Parapsidal line: delimited. Sculpture of scutellum: areolate. Median furrow on scutellum: present as a distinct furrow reaching from

posterior to anterior margin. Posterior margin of scutellum: deeply notched. Outer projection of the propodeum: present as distinct corner or posteriorly projecting spine. Posterior margin of propodeal shelf between inner and outer propodeal projections in female: concave. Sculpture of ventral pronotum: foveate reticulate, becoming smooth at anterolateral corner. Anterior pronotal pit: large. Pronotal cervical sulcus: well defined by contiguous punctures. Mesepimeral sulcus: indicated by dorsoventral line of foveae, crenulate. Sculpture of femoral depression in female: transversely striate throughout, anterior half smooth, posterior half finely foveate, finely foveate throughout. Mesopleural carina: present as one or two carinae. Sculpture of ventral mesepisternum: foveate, with smooth area surrounded by small foveae. Pilosity of metapleural triangle in female: present as many short fine white setae. Sculpture of ventral area of metapleuron: smooth, foveate reticulate, foveate reticulate, with slightly appressed ridges.

Metasoma: Submarginal ridge on T1: percurrent, well-defined, indicated by an irregular ridge. Sublateral carina on T2: present in anterior half. Sculpture of T2–T3: reticulate rugose, longitudinally strigose with rugose interstices. Sculpture of T4: longitudinally strigose, longitudinally striate. Sculpure of T5: longitudinally strigose. Shape of subapical T 6 in female in dorsal view: short, width along anterior margin at least three times the length. Longitudinal medial keel on S1: absent. Sculpture of medial S 2 in female: reticulate rugose. Sculpture of medial S 3 in female: foveate, effaced to smooth. Sculpture of medial S 4 in female: effaced to smooth. Sculpture of medial S 5 in female: longitudinally strigose. Sculpture of lateral S 3 in female: reticulate rugose, foveolate. Sculpture of lateral S 4 in female: reticulate rugose, foveolate. Sculpture of lateral S 5 in female: reticulate rugose, longitudinally strigose. Sculpture of marginal depression of S 2 in female: mostly smooth, with scattered punctures or shallow rugulae, rugulose. Sculpture of marginal depression of S 3 in female: mostly smooth, with scattered punctures or shallow rugulae. Sculpture of marginal depression of S 4 in female: mostly smooth with scattered punctures or shallow rugulae. Sculpture of marginal depression of S 5 in female: rugulose, mostly smooth with scattered punctures. Apical spine on S 6 in female: not extending beyond apex of T6 and not visible in dorsal view.

Diagnosis. Oreiscelio zuzkae   is a widespread species, extending from Guinea east to Tanzania and south to South Africa. It is not particularly similar to any other continental species and may be separated from them by its medially furrowed mesoscutellum (Fig. 136), lack of a spine on S6 (Fig. 134) and the simple interantennal process (Fig. 137). It shares the most characters with O. sechellensis   from which it can be separated by the longitudinally reticulate sculpture of the sternites (Fig. 138).

Etymology. Th is species is named for conceptual artist Zuzana Muranicová.

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Material examined. Holotype, female: TANZANIA: Tanga Reg., 10km WNW Mabokweni , 4°59.6’S 38°59.0’E, 16.I-18.I.2003, M. A. Prentice, CASENT 2042528 (deposited in CASC) 66 GoogleMaps   . Paratypes: (75 females) BENIN: 4 females, OSUC 233797- 233800 ( CNCI)   . CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: 25 females, OSUC 234345- 234347 ( CNCI)   ; OSUC 179100-179102 View Materials , 180837-180839 View Materials , 186296 View Materials , 188471 View Materials , 207582 View Materials , 207588 View Materials ( OSUC)   ; SAM–HYM–P029309 ( OSUC 248280 View Materials ), SAM–HYM–P029310  

( OSUC 248283), SAM–HYM–P029311 ( OSUC 248284 View Materials ), SAM–HYM–P029312 ( OSUC 248281 View Materials ), SAM–HYM–P029337 ( OSUC 248282 View Materials ), SAM–HYM–P029367 ( OSUC 186466 View Materials ), SAM–HYM–P029368 ( OSUC 211413 View Materials ), SAM–HYM–P029369 ( OSUC 211417 View Materials ), SAM–HYM–P029370 ( OSUC 211418 View Materials ), SAM–HYM–P029371 ( OSUC 211419 View Materials ), SAM–HYM–P029372 ( OSUC 211436 View Materials ), SAM–HYM–P029373 ( OSUC 211825 View Materials ) ( SAMC). DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: 1 female, OSUC 233709 ( CNCI). GUINEA: 1 female, OSUC 234343 ( CNCI). IVORY COAST: 7 females, OSUC 233762-233763, 234281, 234328-234331 ( CNCI). NI-GERIA: 26 females, BMNH #790232 ( OSUC 253149-253158 View Materials ), BMNH #790235 ( OSUC 253148 View Materials ), OSUC 253140–OSUC 253147 ( BMNH)   ; OSUC 234216- 234217 , 234219-234221 , 234253 , 234326 ( CNCI). SOUTH AFRICA: 8 females, OSUC 233801-233802, 234269-234271, 234342 ( CNCI)   ; OSUC 180836 ( OSUC)   ; OSUC 174702 View Materials ( SANC). TANZANIA: 2 females, OSUC 207758-207759 ( CNCI). ZIMBABWE: 1 female, OSUC 234257 ( CNCI)   .


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