Ammophila crassifemoralis (R. TURNER)

Dollfuss, Hermann, 2015, Revision of the wasp genus Ammophila KIRBY, 1798 (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Sphecidae) of the Sub-Saharan Region of Africa, Linzer biologische Beiträge 47 (1), pp. 307-412: 335-337

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Ammophila crassifemoralis (R. TURNER)


Ammophila crassifemoralis (R. TURNER)   ( Figs 13 View Figs 11-15 , 49 View Figs 47-64 , 85 View Figs 83-88 , 121 View Figs 119-124 , 158 View Figs 155-160 , 200 View Figs 197-214 , 245, 287)

Sphex crassifemoralis R. TURNER 1919a: 48   , 3. Holotype: 3, Uganda: Mt. Elgon (BMNH), examined. Paratype: ♀, Central African Republic: Uamgebiet Bosum (ZMB), examined.

M a t e r i a l e x a m i n e d Holotype 3 (BMNH), Paratype: ♀, Central African Republic: Uamgebiet, Bosum, 11.-20.IV.1914, leg. Tessmann (ZMB).

R e c o g n i t i o n: Ammophila crassifemoralis   has a forewing with two submarginal cells and the gastral apex is black, without a metallic shine. The pronotal collar is distinctly, transversely ridged, the mesothoracic venter is not produced anteriorly, the episternal sulcus ends at the level of scrobe, the arolia are present and the claws have no basal tooth. The supra- antennal lamellate projection is absent. Erect setae present only on head and prothorax. The female of A. crassifemoralis   is similar to A. saussurei   but differs in having a simple longitudinally ridged scutellum and metanotum and on the scutum a triangular patch of pale golden appressed setae anteriorly ( A. saussurei   has a medially rised scutellum and metanotum (Fig. 530) and the scutum without triangular patch anteriorly). The female of A. namibiensis   differs from A. crassifemoralis   in having the pronotal collar finely, transversely striate ( Fig. 86 View Figs 83-88 ) and the episternal sulcus extends to the anteroventral margin of the mesopleuron. The male of A. crassifemoralis   shares with A. tuberculiscutis   and A. saussurei   the forewing with two submarginal cells, but differs in having the clypeal free margin truncate ( Fig. 158 View Figs 155-160 ) and a simple scutellum and metanotum ( A. tuberculiscutis   has the clypeus triangularly produced ( Fig. 155 View Figs 155-160 ) and the scutellum and the metanotum are elevate medially to form an elongate tubercle, Fig. 529); A. saussurei   has the clypeus elongate with a slight emargination medially ( Fig. 156 View Figs 155-160 ) and an elevate metanotum (Fig. 530). The male of A. namibiensis   differs from A. crassifemoralis   in having the pronotal collar and the scutum finely, transversely striate (Figs 244, 286).

D e s c r i p t i o n: Forewing with two submarginal cells, gastral apex black, without metallic shine, pronotal collar and scutum transversely ridged and episternal sulcus ends at level of scrobe. Supra-antennal lamellate projection absent, mesothoracic venter not prominent anteriorly, arolia present and claws have no basal tooth. Erect setae on head and prothorax developed only ventrally.

♀ (hitherto unknown): 24 mm. Black, with following reddish-brown: mandible (except apex), clypeus medially, scape, pedicel, flagellomeres I and II, prothorax (except black stripe laterally), scutum laterally, tegula, legs (more or less darkened dorsally), petiole ventrally, tergum I laterally; terga II-V dark brown, sterna II-VI reddish-brown. Clypeus, frons, triangular patch on scutum anteriorly ( Fig. 121 View Figs 119-124 ) and propodeum posterolaterally covered with pale golden appressed setae. Mesopleuron, metapleuron and propodeum laterally pruinose. Sparse erect setae present on clypeus, gena and prothorax, remainig body parts without erect setae. Wings dark brown. Clypeus slightly elongate with distinct median lobe ( Fig. 13 View Figs 11-15 ), disk convex ( Fig. 49 View Figs 47-64 ). Frons and vertex dull, impunctate. Pronotal collar shiny, distinctly transversely ridged, laterally rounded ( Figs 85 View Figs 83-88 , 121 View Figs 119-124 ). Scutum shiny and distinctly transversely ridged. Scutellum flat and longitudinally ridged, metanotum longitudinally ridged. Mesopleuron and propodeum laterally irregularly transversely rugose and coarsely punctate; metapleuron slightly obliquely striate. Flagellomere I:II=1.7; length of petiole = hindtarsomeres I+II.

3: 24 mm. Black with following reddish-brown: mandible (except apex), scape, pedicel, flagellomeres I-VI, pronotal collar laterally, pronotal lobe, patch an prosternum, scutum laterally, tegula, foreleg (except femur dorsally), midleg (except coxa, trochanter, femur dorsally and tibia ventrally), petiole (darkened dorsally), tergum I (black dorsally); hindleg dark reddish-brown. Clypeus, frons, scutum anteriorly, patch below pronotal lobe, band along mesopleural suture and propodeum posterolaterally covered with appressed pale-golden setae; remaining body parts slightly pruinose; erect setae on gena and pronotum anteriorly whitish. Clypeus elongate, free margin broadly truncate ( Fig. 158 View Figs 155-160 ), clypeal disk flat on ventral half, slightly convex on dorsal half ( Fig. 200 View Figs 197-214 ). Frons and vertex dull. Pronotal collar and scutum distinctly transversely ridged (Figs 245, 287). Scutellum and metanotum longitudinally ridged. Propodeal enclosure reticulate medially, obliquely rugose laterally. Mesopleuron, metapleuron and propodeum laterally transversely striate and deeply punctate between striae. Hindfemur stout and massive as compared with similar species. Flagellomere I:II = 1.6; length of petiole = hindtarsomeres I+II+ 0.6 × III. Genitalia not examined.

G e o g r a p h i c d i s t r i b u t i o n:CentralAfricanRepublic, Uganda.

Ammophila curvistriata CAMERON   ( Figs 35 View Figs 32-37 , 71 View Figs 65-82 , 197 View Figs 197-214 , 143 View Figs 136-143 , 184 View Figs 179-184 , 225 View Figs 215-235 , 273 View Figs 267-274 , 313 View Figs 307-317 , 354 View Figs 352-366 , 395 View Figs 395-406 ,














Ammophila crassifemoralis (R. TURNER)

Dollfuss, Hermann 2015

Sphex crassifemoralis R. TURNER 1919a: 48

TURNER R 1919: 48