Acrotaphus japi Higa & Penteado-Dias, 2019

Pádua, Diego G., Sääksjärvi, Ilari E., Monteiro, Ricardo F. & Oliveira, Marcio L., 2020, Review of the New World genus Acrotaphus Townes, 1960 (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Pimplinae), with descriptions of fifteen new species, Zootaxa 4719 (1), pp. 1-62 : 35

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Acrotaphus japi Higa & Penteado-Dias, 2019


Acrotaphus japi Higa & Penteado-Dias, 2019

( Figs 117–125 View FIGURES 117–126 )

Acrotaphus japi Higa & Penteado-Dias, 2019: 5 . Holotype ♀, Brazil (DCBU) [examined by digital image].

Diagnosis. This species can be distinguished from all other Acrotaphus by the combination of the following characters: 1) margin of gena behind eyes strongly concave in dorsal view; 2) posterior ocelli separated from eyes by 0.1–0.2× its diameter in dorsal view; 3) body entirely reddish orange; 4) hind leg entirely reddish orange or reddish orange, with femur, tibia and tarsus blackish; 5) ovipositor straight, 1.2–1.55× as long as hind tibia.

Comments. Additional characters to the original description (♀) are as follows: body [14.7] 13.0–18.0 mm; lower face about [0.9] 0.7–1.0× as broad as high (from supraclypeal suture to base of antenna); margin of gena behind eyes strongly concave in dorsal view; margin of gena about [0.3] 0.3–0.5× length of eye in dorsal view; fore wing [?] 10.5–15.0 mm; tarsal claw with basal lobe quadrangular, with claw apex slightly overtaking the posterior margin of lobe; ovipositor with lower valve with swelling in the mid region. Male. ( Figs 130–131 View FIGURES 127–136 ). Similar to female in structure and coloration, except body 11.0–13.0 mm; lower face 1.0× as broad as high (from supraclypeal suture to base of antenna); head in dorsal view with margin of gena slightly convex or flat behind eyes; margin of gena 0.7–0.8× length of eye in dorsal view; posterior ocelli separated from eyes by 0.2–0.5× its diameter in dorsal view; fore wing 10.0–11.0 mm; tergite I 1.8× as long as posteriorly broad; tergite II 1.3× as long as posteriorly broad; tergite III 1.2× as long as posteriorly broad; sternite IX ( Fig 133 View FIGURES 127–136 ) longer than high, with lateral and anterior margins strongly sclerotised, lateral margin flat and posterior margin slightly concave, with few bristles widely spaced posteriorly. Genital capsule ( Figs 134–135 View FIGURES 127–136 ): Paramere truncated apically, slightly narrower than the parameral lamina, with bristles except in posterior margin; volsellar lamina with bristles anteroapically spaced in anterior margin and with a set of four to five bristles in anterolateral region, just below the base of the digitus; cuspis robust with about six to seven teeth aligned in the mid part until apex and with three to four few bristles in basal region and spaced laterally on apical region; digitus with teeth on apex, rounded distally and angular ventrally, with the margins of the apical region narrower than base; aedeagus with few teeth on apex and its apex slightly curved downward in lateral view.

Distribution. Argentina *, Brazil and Uruguay * ( Fig 126 View FIGURES 117–126 ).

Biological notes. A specimen emerged from the cocoon found of the modified web of Argiope argentata (Fabricius, 1775) .

Material examined. Holotype: ♀, BRAZIL, SP [= São Paulo], Jundiaí, Reserva Biológica da Serra do Japi, 23°13’56’’S / 46°56’29’’W, 1190 m., Atlantic forest , 30.xii.2015, [Malaise trap] (A.S. Soares & L.A.M. Soares leg,), n° 209459, DCBU [digital image] GoogleMaps . Argentina: Misiones, 01–31.i.2001, Malaise Trap in Sub-tropical Wet Forest (P. Fidalgo), ♀, FSCA; idem, but 05.xii.1909, ♀, #5184.34, MLP; idem, but x.1960 (J. Foerster), ♀, CNC; idem, but San Javier, 16.xi.1971 (C.C. Porter), ♂ [with the genitalia extracted], FSCA; Corrientes, Las Marias, Ca. [= Cidad] Virasoro, 10–15.xi.1969 / 07.xi.1971 [?], ♂ [with the genitalia extracted], FSCA; Salta, Campamento Jakúlica, 40 Km O. of Aguas Blancas, 20.ix.1971 (C. Porter), ♂, FSCA GoogleMaps . Brazil: Mato Grosso, Buriti, Chapada dos Guimarães, 1200 m., 17.i.1972 (E.G.I. & E.A. Munroe), ♀, CNC GoogleMaps ; MS [=Mato Grosso do Sul], Aquidaua- na, Res. [= Reserva] Ecol. [= Ecológica] UEMS [= Universidade Estadual do Mato Grosso do Sul], Closed vegetation, Flor. [= Floresta] Decidual, 20°26’03,7’’S / 55°39’20,8’’W, 11–26.viii.2012, Malaise 07 (Lamas, Nihei & team cols.), ♀, #52825, MZUSP GoogleMaps ; idem, but Bodoquena, Fazenda Califórnia, Transição, 20°41’53,5’’S / 56°52’55,7’’W, Malaise 05, 06–21.x.2012, ♀, #52822/#52823 [?], MZUSP GoogleMaps ; idem, but 20°41’55,9’’S / 56°52’49,4’’W, Malaise 06, 22.xii.2011 – 06.i.2012, ♂, #52824, MZUSP GoogleMaps ; Goiás, Cabeceiras, Lagôa [sic] Formosa, 24–27.x.1964 (Exp. Dep. Zool.), ♀, #24414, MZUSP GoogleMaps ; Bahia, Encruzilhada, 960 m., xi.1971 (M. Alvarenga), ♀, CNC GoogleMaps ; MG [=Minas Gerais], Belo Horizonte, Estação Ecológica , 19°52’30’’S / 43°58’20’’W, 842 m., 17–23.xii.1991 (A.F. Kumagai), ♀, IHY #1500533, UFMG GoogleMaps ; ES [=Espírito Santo], Alfredo Chaves, Matilde, RPPN [=Reserva do Patrimônio Particular Nat- ural] Oiutrem, 20°33’S / 40°48’W, 600–800 m., 14–21.x.2009, Malaise (C.O. Azevedo & team. cols.), 2♀, #75627 and #75656, UFES GoogleMaps ; idem, but Sta. [= Santa] M. [= Maria] de Jetibá, Faz. [= Fazenda] Paulo Seick, 20°02’31,1’’S / 40 °41’51,3’’W, 29.xi–06.xii.2002, Malaise B 1 (Tavares, Azevedo & team cols.), ♀, #93762, UFES GoogleMaps ; idem, but Dom. [= Domingos] Martins, Mata Pico do Eldorado , 20°22’17’’S / 40°39’29’’W, 03–10.xii.2004, Malaise B 4 (M. T. Tavares & eq. cols.), 2♀, #104670, UFES GoogleMaps ; SP [=São Paulo], Jundiaí, Serra do Japi , [cocoon] collected in modified web from A. argentata (J.F. Sobczak leg.), ♀, INPA GoogleMaps ; idem, but Luiz Antônio, Est. [= Estação] Ecológica de Jataí , Mata ciliar, Pont I, 21°36’47’’S / 47°49’04’’O, 29.x.2009, Light trap ( R.I. R. Lara and team cols.), ♂, APTA GoogleMaps ; SC [=Santa Catarina], São Bento do Sul, CEPA Rugendas, 26°19’24,9”S / 49°18’26,4”W, 15–16.xii.2011 (P. Dias), ♀, #1500549, UFMG GoogleMaps ; idem, but Nova Teutonia [sic], 27°11’S / 52°23’W, 300–500 m., iv.1966 (Fritz Plaumann), ♀, CNC GoogleMaps ; idem, but 19.i.1939, ♂, BNHM GoogleMaps ; idem, but vii.1967, ♂, CNC GoogleMaps ; idem, but i.1968, 4♂, CNC GoogleMaps ; idem, but xi.1968, 2♂, CNC GoogleMaps ; idem, but xii.1968, 2♂, CNC GoogleMaps ; idem, but 23.ii.1939, ♀, #1939–181, BNHM GoogleMaps ; idem, but 05.i.1938, 2♂, #1938–458, BNHM GoogleMaps ; idem, but 05.i.1938, ♂, #1938–682, BNHM GoogleMaps ; idem, but, ♂, #1937–656, BNHM GoogleMaps ; idem, but 06.iii.1952, ♂, #1957–341, BNHM GoogleMaps ; idem, but 21.iii.1938, ♂, #1938–458, BNHM GoogleMaps ; idem, but 27.ii.1937, ♂,#1937–424, BNHM GoogleMaps ; idem, but 08.xii.1937, ♂, #1937–748, BNHM GoogleMaps ; idem, but 28.xii.1937, ♂, #1937–748, BNHM GoogleMaps ; idem, but i.1937, ♂, #1937–265, BNHM GoogleMaps ; idem, but 22.ii.1938, ♂, #1938–458, BNHM GoogleMaps ; idem, but 03.x.1946, ♀, #1957–341 GoogleMaps ; idem, but 30.xii.1948, ♀, #1957–341, BNHM GoogleMaps ; idem, but xi.1935, ♂, # 1937–47, BNHM. Uruguay: Rocha, Cardoso, Campo Natural, 34°05’26,8’’S / 53°52’14,4’’O, 26.ii.2015, Malaise I (E. Castiglioni e eq. cols.), ♂, INPA. GoogleMaps


Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos


Florida State Collection of Arthropods, The Museum of Entomology


Museo de La Plata


Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes


Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo


Museum of Zoology


Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais


Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo


Tavera, Department of Geology and Geophysics


Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia


Departamento de Geologia, Universidad de Chile


Beijing Natural History Museum














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