Baeus ciprianii Veenakumari

Kamalanathan, Veenakumari, Mohanraj, Prashanth, Samuel, D. K. & Reddy, M. Krishna, 2020, Revision of Indian species of Baeus Haliday (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea: Scelionidae), Journal of Natural History 54 (13 - 14), pp. 813-917: 845-846

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Baeus ciprianii Veenakumari

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Baeus ciprianii Veenakumari   , sp. n. ( Figure 9 View Figure 9 (a–e))

Holotype. Female; body length = 0.60 (0.59–0.68) mm; n = 5

Colour ( Figure 9 View Figure 9 (a)). Head, mesonotum and metasoma honey brown, mesoscutellum and propodeum paler; hyperoccipital carina black; posterior margin of mesoscutum and mesoscutellum with a black band; posterior margin of propodeum with a bluish black band; A1–A3 honey brown, A4–A6 yellow, clava yellowish brown; legs yellow with brown markings.

Head ( Figure 9 View Figure 9 (a–e)). Head as wide as high; IOS 0.54 (0.49–0.56)× width of head and 1.04 (0.96–1.07)× eye length; eye (L: W = 11.5:8.7) setose, touching hyperoccipital carina posteriorly; head height 1.95 (1.84–1.99)× eye length; POL>LOL in ratio of 14.7:9.5; lateral ocellus contiguous with orbit; distance from posterior margin of lateral ocellus to hyperoccipital carina 0.57 (0.52–0.59)× MOD; pilosity of moderate density, setae of medium length, shorter than those on mesonotum and metasoma; interantennal process triangular, medially rugose; length of central keel 0.61 (0.58–0.63)× distance to median ocellus; facial striae long extending up to lower orbit; malar striae weak; frons adjacent to central keel basally smooth followed by semicircular striae and longitudinal reticulations; upper frons medially smooth and laterally weakly reticulate; vertex smooth; gena predominantly smooth with costae on postero-ventral margin, 4.90 (4.78–5.0)× as long as wide; anterior margin of gena in contact with 0.51 (0.50–0.53)× length of ventral margin of eye; length of A1 0.94 (0.91–1.02)× that of clava; length of A2 0.44 (0.41–0.46)× that of A1.

Mesosoma ( Figure 9 View Figure 9 (a,c,e)). Mesoscutum and mesoscutellum 0.56 (0.54–0.66)× and 0.16 (0.15–0.18)× as long as wide, respectively; mesoscutum and mesoscutellum imbricate; metascutellum not visible; propodeum smooth dorsally, 0.44 (0.41–0.49)× length of mesoscutellum medially; pilosity of moderate density, setae of medium length; lateral pronotal area dorsally imbricate, antero-medially with weak sparse striae, remainder smooth; postero-dorsal margin of lateral pronotal area with two short, weak projections; ventral margin of lateral pronotal area extending as a blunt projection; transverse carinae on dorsal mesopleuron terminate above the level of dorsal metapleuron; mesopleuron ventrally with a small reticulate patch, followed by a semicircular carina, remainder smooth; mesopleuron ventrally truncate; mesopleural pit elongate; metapleuron smooth except for a medial shallow depression and with sparse weak transverse carinae ventrally; posterior suture of metapleuron straight except for a basal curve; dorsal level of posterior metapleural suture ventral to level of antero-lateral margin of T 2; sculpturing of propodeum anterior to spiracle transversely carinate, region posterior to spiracle smooth; region ventral to spiracle with several uneven carinae; remainder of lateral propodeum smooth with a short transverse carina antero-ventrally; propodeal spiracular opening round.

Metasoma ( Figure 9 View Figure 9 (a,c,e)). Metasoma as long as wide; pilosity of moderate density, setae of medium length; T 2 anteriorly weakly imbricate, remainder smooth; remaining tergites smooth.

Material examined. Holotype: Female ( ICAR / NBAIR / P3545), INDIA: Andaman Islands : Little Andaman, Harminder Bay, 10 ° 59 ʹ N 92 ° 54 ʹ E, 7 m, MT, 30.I.2013   ; Paratypes: 1 female ( ICAR / NBAIR / P3546), same as holotype; 5 females ( ICAR / NBAIR / P3547 P3551), Andaman Islands: South Andaman , Garacharma, CIARI, 11 ° 61 ʹ 29 ʹ ’N 92 ° 71 ʹ 54 ʹ ’E, 63 m, YPT, 26   .I   .2013; 1 female ( ICAR / NBAIR / P3552), South Andaman: Sippighat , 11 ° 36 ʹ 17 ʹ ’ N 92 ° 41 ʹ 12 ʹ ’E, 8 m, PFT, 24   .II   .2012; 1 female ( ICAR / NBAIR / P3553), same as P3547, 22   .II   .2012; 2 females ( ICAR / NBAIR / P3554 P3555), same as P3552, YPT, 23   .II   .2012; 1 female ( ICAR / NBAIR / P3556), same as P3554, 23   .II   .2016; 1 female ( ICAR / NBAIR / P3557), South Andaman, Chouldari, Bloomsdale , 11 °3 8 ʹ 25 ʹ ’ N 92 ° 39 ʹ 40 ʹ ’E, 11 m, YPT, 26   .III   .2016; 4 females ( ICAR / NBAIR / P3588 P3591), Karnataka: Chikkaballapur, Nandi Hills , 13 ° 37 ʹ 02 ʹ ’N 77 ° 68 ʹ 34 ʹ ’E, 1448 m, YPT, 16   .IX   .2009.

Etymology. This species is named after the Italian anthropologist Lidio Cipriani who was among the first to study the Onge tribe of Little Andaman from where the type specimens were collected. The name is treated as a noun in the genitive case.

Diagnosis. This species is closer to B. chakora   sp. n. and the diagnosis is mentioned under the latter.


Institute of Oceanographic Sciences


University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Department of Biology


Tavera, Department of Geology and Geophysics


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