Ageniella (Priophanes) dolorosa (Banks, 1946)

Waichert, Cecilia, Colombo, Wesley Dondoni, Von Dohlen, Carol D. & Pitts, James P., 2018, Taxonomic contributions to Ageniella Banks, 1912 (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae) from Brazil, Zootaxa 4403 (1), pp. 133-153: 147

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Ageniella (Priophanes) dolorosa (Banks, 1946)

comb. nov.

Ageniella (Priophanes) dolorosa (Banks, 1946)   , comb. nov.

Ameragenia dolorosa   BaNkS, 1946, MUS. COMp. ZOOL. BULL., vOL. 96, p. 436 [HOLOtypE: ♀, ECUADOR, TENa ( MCZ #26767 View Materials ), ExaMINEd].  

Priophanes plagosa BaNkS, 1946   , MUS. COMp. ZOOL. BULL., vOL. 96, p. 446 [HOLOtypE: ♀, BRAZIL, SaNta CatarINa ( MCZ #26640 View Materials ), ExaMINEd], syn. nov.  

Allageniella obsoleta HaUpt, 1959   , NOva Acta LEOpOLdINa   , vOL. (9)21, p. 23, 46 [HOLOtypE: ♀, BRAZIL, SaNta CatarINa (MLUH), NOt ExaMINEd]. SyNONyMIzEd by EvaNS (1973).

Distribution. ARgENTINa, BRaZIL, EcUadOR (BaNkS 1946; FERNÁNdEZ 2000).

Host. UNkNOWN.

Remarks. ThIS SpEcIES IS SImILaR mORphOLOgIcaLLY TO A. zeteki (BaNkS)   aNd A. agitata (SmITh)   . Ageniella dolorosa   dIffERS fROm A. zeteki   bY haVINg faINTER cOLORaTION IN ThE fOREWINg, WhIch IS aLmOST hYaLINE, aNd ThE daRk maRkS IN ThE fOREWINg aRE faINTER aNd ShORTER. BESIdES, ThE facE dIffERS bY bEINg NaRROWER IN A. dolorosa   , WITh ThE cLYpEUS TRapEZOIdaL aNd WITh ThE apIcaL maRgIN STRaIghT, WhILE A. zeteki   haS ThE cLYpEUS ROUNdEd aNd pROjEcTEd aNTERIORLY. WE jUSTIfY SYNONYmIZINg A. dolorosa   aNd A. plagosa   (BaNkS) bY ThE ShaRINg chaRacTERISTIc: ThE INTEgUmENT IS bLack WITh faINT bLUISh-pURpLE REfLEcTIONS; ThE pUbEScENcE IS SILVER aNd ShORT; ThE fRONT TIbIa IS LONg aNd SmOOTh; ThE mId aNd hINd TIbIa haVE LONg aNd ThIN SpINES; ThE dORSaL facE Of ThE hINd TIbIa IS SpINOSE; ThE fOREWINg IS LONg, SUbhYaLINE WITh a faINT daRk baNd cOVERINg paRTIaLLY ThE cELLS R, 1M, aNd 1CU –2CU, ThE OThER baNd cOVERS ThE cELLS 2R 1,1RS –2RS, aNd 2M; VEIN M haS a SmaLL-faINT SpOT; aNd ThE apEx Of fOREWINg IS daRkENEd.

Ageniella agitata   IS SImILaR mORphOLOgIcaLLY TO A. dolorosa   aNd, pERhapS, ThE SENIOR SYNONYm Of ThE LaTER SpEcIES. WE abSTaIN fROm SYNONYmIZINg ThESE SpEcIES, bEcaUSE ThE hOLOTYpE haS ThE fORE LEg paLE bROWN IN cOLORaTION WITh ThE fEmUR bLack Up TO ThE apIcaL maRgIN, WhIch IS paLER; ThIS dIffERS fROm A. dolorosa   WhO haS ThE fRONT LEg fULLY bLack. MOREOVER, A. dolorosa   haS bLUE REfLEcTIONS ON ThE INTEgUmENT ThaT aRE LackINg IN A. agitata   . PERhapS ThESE mORphOLOgIcaL dIffERENcES aRE gEOgRaphIcaL/ pOpULaTION VaRIaTION, bUT WE ONLY had accESS TO phOTOS Of A. agitata   aNd ThINk IT IS pRUdENT NOT TO TakE NOmENcLaTURaL acTIONS IN ThIS caSE.


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