Netomocera rufa Hedqvist, 1971,

Mitroiu, Mircea-Dan, 2019, Revision of Netomocera Bouček (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae), excluding the Oriental species, European Journal of Taxonomy 568, pp. 1-87: 68-72

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Netomocera rufa Hedqvist, 1971


Netomocera rufa Hedqvist, 1971 

Figs 157–166View Figs 157–161View Figs 162–166

Netomocera rufa Hedqvist, 1971: 241  (holotype (♂) in BMNH, examined).



Head orange and mesosoma dark brown, without metallic reflections ( Figs 157–158View Figs 157–161), or both head and mesosoma orange with distinct greenish metallic reflections dorsally ( Figs 159View Figs 157–161, 162View Figs 162–166). Clypeal margin slightly produced ( Fig. 160View Figs 157–161). Pronotal collar long, 0.75–0.80× as long as mesoscutum and wide, about 0.8× as wide as mesoscutum ( Figs 162–164View Figs 162–166). MV 2.7–2.9 × SV. Visible part of petiole transverse to quadrate, without distinct longitudinal rugae ( Fig. 165View Figs 162–166).

Material examined


SOUTH AFRICA • ♂; “ Holotype ”; “ Port St. John, Pondoland. July 10 -31.1923.”; “ S. Africa. R. E. Turner. Brit. Mus. 1923-398”; “ HOLOTYPUS Netomocera rufa  sp. n. ♂, K-J Hedqvist det. 1971”; “B.M. TYPE HYM. 5.2257”; BMNH 5.2257. 

Other material

SOUTH AFRICA • 1 ♂; “ Port St. John , Pondoland. Dec. 1923 ”; “ S.Africa. R. E. Turner. Brit. Mus. 1924- 54 ”; NMPC  .

ZIMBABWE • 1 ♂; “Rhodesia, Mazoe (i)75, A. Watsham ”; “78”; NMPC  .


Male (habitus: Figs 157View Figs 157–161, 162View Figs 162–166)

COLOUR. Head ( Figs 158–159View Figs 157–161) orange, occasionally gradually darker towards vertex, which then has distinct blue-green metallic reflections. Mandibles orange, teeth reddish-brown. Antenna ( Fig. 161View Figs 157–161) with scape orange, pedicel and flagellum brown. Mesosoma ( Figs 162–165View Figs 162–166) usually reddish-brown with pronotum lighter, but occasionally mesosoma dorsally, except reddish-brown propodeum, with distinct green reflections. Legs light brown, except hind coxa usually lighter. Wings ( Fig. 166View Figs 162–166) hyaline, venation light brown; setation brown. Metasoma with petiole reddish-brown ( Fig. 165View Figs 162–166). Gaster ( Figs 157View Figs 157–161, 162View Figs 162–166) dark brown to black. Body setation light brown except for several large, symmetrically arranged, dark brown setae.

BODY LENGTH. 1.1–2.0 mm.

HEAD. Clypeus almost smooth; apical margin slightly produced ( Fig. 160View Figs 157–161). Upper face including shallow scrobes and adjacent areas weakly reticulate, with reticulation becoming denser towards vertex ( Fig. 159View Figs 157–161). Occiput smooth; margin blunt ( Fig. 159View Figs 157–161). Toruli with lower margins slightly above or level with lower margins of eyes ( Fig. 158View Figs 157–161). Upper face and vertex with eight large setae. Head in dorsal view with width 2.0–2.2 × length and in frontal view about 1.2× height. POL 1.5–1.6 × OOL. Eye height 1.3–1.4 × length, 1.4–1.7 × malar space and 0.75–0.80 × scape length. Flagellum very long, without differentiated clava ( Fig. 161View Figs 157–161); combined length of pedicel plus flagellum about 2.4 × head width. Fu1 length 1.7–2.3× width; fu10 length 3.3–3.8 × width.

MESOSOMA. Pronotal collar narrower than mesoscutum, with four large setae ( Figs 162, 164View Figs 162–166). Mesonotum moderately setose ( Fig. 164View Figs 162–166). Mesoscutum and axillae with dense but superficial reticulation ( Figs 162, 164View Figs 162–166). Scutellar disc densely but superficially reticulate and irregularly longitudinally striate on frenal area ( Figs 162, 164View Figs 162–166). Mesepisternum densely reticulate, with several costulae posteriorly ( Fig. 163View Figs 162–166). Mesepimeron mainly striate; mesepimeral sulcus conspicuous ( Fig. 163View Figs 162–166). Propodeum mainly smooth, with intricate pattern of carinae ( Fig. 163View Figs 162–166). Macropterous; fore wing uniformly and densely setose except for small, elongate bare region ( Fig. 166View Figs 162–166). Mesosoma length 1.4–1.5 × width, width about 1.1× height. Pronotal collar 0.75–0.80× as long as mesoscutum and about 0.8× as wide as mesoscutum. Mesoscutum width 2.60–2.75 × length. Scutellum length about 1.1× width. Propodeum length 0.6–0.7× scutellum length. Fore wing length 2.3–2.4× width; MV 2.7–2.9 × SV and 2.7–3.6 × PV.

METASOMA. Petiole short, quadrate to slightly transverse, mainly rugose ( Fig. 165View Figs 162–166). Gaster ovate, length about 1.2–1.5 × width; gt1 large, covering all other tergites, with hind margin straight ( Fig. 162View Figs 162–166).




South Africa; Zimbabwe (new record).


Previously known only from the male holotype. Presumably, females also have a large pronotal collar, making them similar to females of N. setifera  .


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Netomocera rufa Hedqvist, 1971

Mitroiu, Mircea-Dan 2019

Netomocera rufa

Hedqvist K. J. 1971: 241