Teremys hanniae Valerio & Whitfield

Valerio, A. A. & Whitfield, J. B., 2003, A new species of the enigmatic genus Te re m ys Mason, T. hanniae, from Costa Rica (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), Zootaxa 364, pp. 1-9 : 4-6

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Teremys hanniae Valerio & Whitfield

sp. nov.

Teremys hanniae Valerio & Whitfield n. sp.

Figures 1 and 3A

Female. Body length = 2.1 mm.

FIGURE 1. Teremys hanniae n. sp., first antennal flagellomere (A), head showing facial sculpturing (arrow) (B), mesonotum dorsal view showing shape of scutellar groove (arrow) (C), metasomal terga in lateral view showing shape of 5th tergum (arrow) (D), ovipositor (arrow) and ovipositor sheaths (E) and propodeum showing shape of areola (arrow) (F).

Body color. Yellow: ocellus, legs (except coxae black and tarsomeres, tarsal claws, hind femur distal tip, hind femur distal 1/3 dark brown); silver: compound eye; brownish yellow: scape and pedicel (remainder of antenna black), basal 2 flagellomeres, clypeus, labrum, palpus and mandible (except basal area black); black: remainder of body. Wings hyaline; hindwing veins transparent; forewing veins brownish.

Head. Head height/width = 1.17; compound eye height/width = 2; intertentorial pit distance = 0.15 mm; tentorial pit distance/distance tentorial pit to composed eye = 2.4; width of face at dorsal clypeal edge = 0.28 mm; clypeus width/height = 2.17; vertex width/ distance between anterior ocellus and edge of torulus = 3.2; length of first flagellomere = 0.13 mm; first flagellomere length/width = 2.2; length first flagellomere/length of second flagellomere = 0.83; length of first flagellomere/length of third flagellomere = 0.83; distal flagellomere length = 0.12 mm; distal flagellomere length/penultimate flagellomere length = 1.67; distal flagellomere length/width = 2.5; malar space height/basal width of mandible = 0.94; ocell­ocular distance/lateral ocelli distance = 1.83. Face and clypeus with shallow punctate sculpturing, area from torulus to mid face with deeper and more conspicuous punctate sculpturing; lateral areas of frons with fine punctate sculpturing, scrobal area and distal area of frons nitid; vertex with ocellar­ocular area with sparse punctuation next to compound eyes, latero­distal area of vertex with punctate sculpturing, remainder of frons and vertex nitid; gena with anterior 1/2 nitid, distal 1/2 with punctate sculpturing as on temple; postgena with imbricate sculpturing at junction with gena, remainder of postgena nitid.

Wings. Forewing length = 2 mm; 1RS length = 0.8 mm; 1CUa length/2Cub length = 0.8; length RS+Ma = 0.4 mm; length M+CU = 1.23 mm; 1M length/ m­cu length = 1.68; pterostigma length/height = 1.17. Hindwing: 1M length = 0.62 mm; 1M length/2M length = 1.79; 1M length/M+CU length = 1.69; length r­m/length Cua = 0.9; 1 RSa length/2r­m = 2; 1A length = 0.35 mm.

Mesosoma. Mesosoma length/width = 1.55; mesosoma length = 0.81 mm; mesosoma height = 0.45 mm. Propleuron with medial area mainly nitid with sparse small punctations, anterior 1/3 with fine rugulose sculpturing, distal 1/3 with distal upper corner nitid and remainder area with confused lacunose sculpturing; propodeum lateral area with dorsal and ventral groove well defined and with fine confused colliculate sculpturing, anterior medial groove with same sculpturing as dorsal lateral groove, dorsal edge 1/5 as long as distal edge is high, area between lateral grooves with width 0.4X distal edge height; mesonotum with fine punctate sculpturing throughout; scutellar groove with 9 costulae; scutellum triangular in shape and nitid, lateral areas with fine well defined transverse ridges; axillar area with transverse ridges next to lunulae, making the anterior edge of lunulae poorly defined, remainder of axillae nitid; mesonotum with basal 1/2 nitid, remainder with confused rugose sculpturing except nitid posterior edge; large medial costulae shallow and not equal in size; pronotum with areaola well defined and with only sparse smooth rugulose sculpturing inside; area anterior to areola with two short submedial longitudinal carinae meeting areola closed distally by a short transverse ridge; anterolateral areas of propodeun with sparse but large, well­defined rugose sculpturing, spiracular area partially delineated by carinae posteriorly, postero­lateral areas with only a few carinulae emanating from edges; mesopleuron essentially nitid, except anterior edge punctate and posterior ventral tip with confused rugulose sculpturing, dorsal and posterior edge with a few small short transverse ridges, sternaulus nitid and depressed; metapleuron with confused fine rugulose sculpturing over anterior 1/5 plus distal 2/5, dorsal and distal edge with few small short transverse ridges, no medial pit present, remainder nitid.

Legs. Hind femur length = 0.48 mm; hind femur length/width = 3.45; hind tibia length/ hind femur length = 1.23.

Metasoma. First tergum basal width = 0.2 mm; first tergum length/distal width = 0.65; second tergum length/distal width = 0.5; third tergum length/distal width = 0.44; fourth tergum length/distal width = 0.44; tergum length/distal width = 0.5; hypopygium length = 0.29 mm; first metasomal tergum with coriaceous/aciculorugose sculpturing and a “ Y ”­ shaped medial depressed area; fused metasomal terga 2–4 with dense, longitudinally lineate sculpturing becoming more compact and fine towards 4th; fifth tergum with finer and denser lineate sculpturing than terga 2–4, not fused to 4; boundaries between terga 2–3 and 3–4 with strong costulate sculpturing; ovipositor short, subexserted; hypopygium not desclerotized medially; ovipositor sheaths fusiform with very long setae over at least distal 1/ 3.

Material examined. Holotype female: COSTA RICA: Puntarenas, Monteverde, San Luis, 1000–1500 m, Feb. 1994, Z. Fuentes. LN 449250_ 250850, # 2615. Holotype deposited at Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad ( INBio), Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica.

Comments. The type specimen was collected in tropical premontane moist forest ( Gauld and Hanson, 1996, Fig. 1.01). The exact collecting locality was slightly drier and windier than the one described by Gauld and Hanson (1996). T. hanniae can be separated from T. masneri by the fifth metasomal tergum being heavily sculptured longitudinally with lineate striae, and T5 also as fully sclerotized as preceding terga. In addition, the propodeum does not exhibit extensive rugose sculpturing, but the areola is well defined and the hindwing has a more upcurved vein 2Rs.

Etymology. Gender feminine. This species is named in honor of Hannia Maria C., mother of the first author.


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