Fusicornia skopelos Taekul & Johnson

Taekul, Charuwat, Johnson, Norman F., Masner, Lubomír & Shu-Pei, Chen, 2008, Revision of the world species of the genus Fusicornia Risbec (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae, Scelioninae), Zootaxa 1966, pp. 1-52: 42-44

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Fusicornia skopelos Taekul & Johnson

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Fusicornia skopelos Taekul & Johnson   , new species urn:lsid:zoobank.org:act:0D97CD34-0566-456F-9D5E-221DAA95ECCE urn:lsid:biosci.ohio-state.edu:osuc_concepts:230118

Figures 127–132; Morphbank 72

Description. Female body length: 2.53–2.79 mm (n=2). Male body length: 2.32mm (n=1).

Head: Vertex between posterior ocelli: rounded. Female OOL: less than or equal one ocellar diameter. Frontal sculpture: entirely and evenly sculptured. Sculpture of central frons: reticulate punctate. Setation of central frons: moderately setose throughout. Inner orbit in frontal view: more or less parallel. Upper gena in dorsal view of female: expanded, convex, therefore in lateral view compound eye separated from posterior margin by gena. Sculpture of gena behind lower half of eye: with reticulate to coriaceous microsculpture. Setation of gena: moderately setose. Antenna: Radicle color: yellow to orange brown. Color of female A1: dark brown to black. Color of female funicle (A3–A6): A3, base of A4 yellow,apex of A4, A5–A6 dark brown. Claval formula: 1-2-2-2-2-2. Claval color: dark brown to black.

Mesosoma: Pronotal cervical sulcus: absent. Mesoscutum sculpture: reticulate. Longitudinal sculpture in posterior half of mesoscutum: absent. Admedian line: present. Mesoscutal humeral sulcus: coarsely crenulate. Notauli: absent. Mesoscutellum shape: rounded. Sculpture of mesoscutellum: almost entirely covered by microsculpture. Length of medial metascutellar spine: medial spine very elongate, distinctly longer than distance between median and lateral spines. Length of lateral metascutellar spine: short, only slightly longer than wide. Sculpture of propodeal nucha: strongly foveolate to longitudinally striate. Sculpture of suprahumeral area of pronotum: pustulate. Sculpture in lower pronotum: longitudinally striate. Netrion setation: sparsely setose to glabrous. Mesopleural carina: complete. Mesepimeral sulcus: abbreviated. Area 2 on metapleuron: polygonal, setose. Setation of area 4 of metapleuron: setose ventrally. Setation in anteroventral metapleural triangle: absent. Setation of propodeum anterior to spiracle: sparsely setose (less than 10) or absent. Legs: Coxae color: all coxae brown to black.

Wings: Female fore wing maculation: hyaline or with slight infuscation below marginal vein.

Metasoma: Length of T1: less than or equal to one times width. Horn on T1 of female: absent, T1 longitudinally furrowed throughout length. Lateral setation of T1: sparsely to moderately setose (6–15/side). Medial sculpture on T3: smooth and shiny.

71. http://atbi.biosci.ohio-state.edu/HymOnline/map-large.html?id=230115

72. http://www.morphbank.net/?id=226370

Diagnosis. Fusicornia skopelos   is similar to F. indica   , having the same coxal color and the abbreviated mesepimeral sulcus. It is distinguished from F. indica   by the coarsely crenulate appearance of the mesoscutal humeral sulcus ( Figs. 129, 132).

73. http://www.morphbank.net/?id=226370

Etymology. The epithet skopelos, Greek   for projecting rock or cliff, refers to the deeply incised mesoscutal humeral sulcus.

Link to Distribution Map. 74

Material Examined. Holotype female: MADAGASCAR: Toliara Auto. Prov., Bezaha Mahafaly Special Reserve , 23°41.19'S 44°35.46'E, 165 m, MA-02-14A-11, dry deciduous forest, parcel I, nr. research station, 16.I.2002 – 18.I.2002, Malaise trap, R. Harin'Hala, CASENT 2042207 (deposited in CASC) GoogleMaps   . Paratypes: MADAGASCAR: 1 male, 2 females, CASENT 2029780, 2029781, 2043965 ( CASC)   .


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