Glyptapanteles ferrugineus Fagan-Jeffries, Bird & Austin, 2022

Fagan-Jeffries, Erinn P., McCLELLAND, Alana R., Bird, Andrew J., Giannotta, Madalene M., Bradford, Tessa M. & Austin, Andrew D., 2022, Systematic revision of the parasitoid wasp genus Glyptapanteles Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae) for Australia results in a ten-fold increase in species, European Journal of Taxonomy 792 (1), pp. 1-116 : 62-64

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Glyptapanteles ferrugineus Fagan-Jeffries, Bird & Austin

sp. nov.

Glyptapanteles ferrugineus Fagan-Jeffries, Bird & Austin sp. nov.

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Glyptapanteles ferrugineus sp. nov. is in the G. albigena species group and can be separated from the other members of the species group by the pale spot on the gena being small but clearly visible, T2 dark, propodeal median carina completely absent, hind femur light brown to pale and mesosoma with a strong dark red tinge.


The species epithet, ‘ ferrugineus ’, is a Latin adjective for ‘rust-coloured’ and refers to the red tinge for the mesosoma.

Material examined

Holotype AUSTRALIA • ♀; Western Australia, 23 km NNW of Albany; -34.8532, 117.809; 16 Nov. 2000; T.Simmul and S. Cunningham leg.; Malaise in remnant vegetation; Extraction144, BOLD: AUMIC042-18; ANIC 32 130189 . GoogleMaps



COLOURATION. Gena with a pale spot; labrum reddish-brown; scape colour in ventral half uniformly paler than flagellomeres; flagellomeres uniformly reddish-brown; tegula pale; wing veins uniformly pale; anteromesoscutum dark with red tinge; scutellar disk and metanotum dark with red tinge; propodeum dark with red tinge; fore coxa pale yellow; mid coxa pale yellow; fore femur pale yellow; mid femur pale yellow; hind femur pale yellow; fore tibia pale yellow; mid tibia pale yellow; hind basitarsus light brown; T1 dark reddish-brown; T2 sclerotised area dark reddish-brown; T2 lateral area dark, extends past indentation, but then pale; T3 mostly dark with paler lateral areas; T4+ reddish-brown.

HOLOTYPE BODY MEASUREMENTS. Body length 2.2 mm; fore wing length 2.1 mm; antennal length slightly shorter than body length.

HEAD. Antennal flagellomere 14 length/width 1.66; antennal flagellomere 2 length/width 3.33; OOD/ POD 1.71; IOD/POD 1.57.

MESOSOMA. Anteromesoscutum sculpturing with shallow punctures, space between punctures generally smaller than diameter of punctures; scutellar disk sculpturing with only very shallow punctures; eight pits in scutellar sulcus; propodeum with median carina absent, very smooth and shiny, only very shallow punctures associated with setae.

WINGS. Pterostigma length 0.48 mm; pterostigma width 0.22 mm; r 0.12 mm; 2RS 0.1 mm; 2m 0.13 mm; (RS+M)b 0.07 mm.

METASOMA. T1 wedge-shaped, narrowing posteriorly for entirety of length, lateral edges straight (but not parallel); T1 smooth and shiny; T1 length 0.31 mm; T1 width at posterior edge 0.07 mm; T2 an isosceles trapezoid, lateral edges straight; T2 smooth and shiny; T2 length 0.13 mm; T2 width at posterior edge 0.21 mm; ovipositor slightly protruding from end of metasoma.




Glyptapanteles ferrugineus sp. nov. constitutes BIN: BOLD:ADL4089 and is 4.17% (p-dist.) divergent from the closet BIN in the database (BOLD:ABA6213; Glyptapanteles austrinus sp. nov.).

Using the BOLD Batch ID engine, the COI barcode of the holotype is 4.0% different from the most similar COI sequence from an Australian specimen (HYAT371-11; Glyptapanteles austrinus sp. nov.). The holotype was able to be sequenced for the wingless gene, which differs by a minimum of 5 bp from all other species with available sequence data.


This species is known only from Albany in southern WA.