Hyphantrophaga duniagarciae Fleming & Wood

Fleming, AJ, Wood, D. Monty, Smith, M. Alex, Dapkey, Tanya, Hallwachs, Winnie & Janzen, Daniel, 2019, Twenty-two new species in the genus Hyphantrophaga Townsend (Diptera: Tachinidae) from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, with a key to the species of Mesoamerica, Biodiversity Data Journal 7, pp. 29553-29553 : 29553

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Hyphantrophaga duniagarciae Fleming & Wood

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Hyphantrophaga duniagarciae Fleming & Wood   ZBK sp. n.


Type status: Holotype. Occurrence: occurrenceDetails: http://janzen.sas.upenn.edu; catalogNumber: DHJPAR0011464 ; recordedBy: D.H. Janzen, W. Hallwachs & Guillermo Pereira; individualID: DHJPAR0011464; individualCount: 1; sex: female; lifeStage: adult; preparations: pinned; otherCatalogNumbers: ASTAQ851-06, 04-SRNP-12099; Taxon: scientificName: Hyphantrophagaduniagarciae; phylum: Arthropoda; class: Insecta; order: Diptera; family: Tachinidae; genus: Hyphantrophaga; specificEpithet: duniagarciae; scientificNameAuthorship: Fleming & Wood, 2018; Location: continent: Central America; country: Costa Rica; countryCode: CR; stateProvince: Guanacaste; county: Sector Pocosol; locality: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ; verbatimLocality: Casa Centeno; verbatimElevation: 215; verbatimLatitude: 10.8784; verbatimLongitude: -85.5728; verbatimCoordinateSystem: Decimal; decimalLatitude: 10.8784; decimalLongitude: -85.5728; Identification: identifiedBy: AJ Fleming; dateIdentified: 2017; Event: samplingProtocol: Reared from the larva of the Zygaenidae, Neoilliberis thyesta; verbatimEventDate: 06-Jun-2005; Record Level: language: en; institutionCode: CNC; collectionCode: Insects; basisOfRecord: Pinned Specimen GoogleMaps


Male. Not known at this time.

Female (Fig. 11). Length: 4 mm. Head (Fig. 11b): vertex 1/3 of head width; two pairs of reclinate upper orbital setae and two pairs of proclinate orbital setae; ocellar setae arising behind anterior ocellus; ocellar triangle brilliant silver; fronto-orbital plate pale brassy on upper 50% coded as silver, remainder dull silver, sparsely setulose, only one or two setulae extending below lowest orbital seta; parafacial silver and bare; eye densely setulose; facial ridge bare; pedicel black, concolorous with postpedicel; arista black, very minutely pubescent, distinctly thickened on basal 1/3-1/4; palpus yellow and haired apically, narrow and digitiform. Thorax (Fig. 11a, c): dull grey tomentose dorsally, appearing almost brassy when viewed under certain angles, contrasting with slightly more silver-grey tomentose laterally; dark setulae on both dorsal and lateral surfaces; four thick dorsal vittae, outermost two broken across suture, innermost pair unbroken, reaching 2nd postsutural dorsocentral seta; postpronotum with three setae arranged in an obtuse triangle; chaetotaxy: acrostichal setae 2:3; dorsocentral setae 3:4; intra-alar setae 2:3; supra-alar setae 2:3; three katepisternal setae, basal seta extremely weak and anterior to suture; basal scutellar setae subequal in length to subapical scutellar setae; lateral scutellar setae less than 2/3 as long as subapical setae, strongly curving inwards medially; apical scutellar setae 1/2 length of lateral scutellar setae, crossed apically; one pair of discal scutellar setae more widely set than subapical scutellar setae; scutellum very slightly darkened across basal 15%, remainder concolorous with scutum. Legs (Fig. 11c): black in ground colour; fore femur with dense silver tomentum on posterodorsal surface; hind coxa setose. Wing (Fig. 11a): pale translucent, hyaline; vein R4+5 with only one setula at base. Abdomen (Fig. 11a, c): ground colour black; middorsal depression on ST1+2 almost reaching hind margin; median marginal setae present on ST1+2-T3; a complete row of marginal setae present on T4-T5; discal setae present on T3-T5; distinct brassy tomentose bands along anterior edge of T3-T5 unbroken medially, covering almost 70% of tergites; T5 with silver tomentum throughout. Terminalia: not examined.


Hyphantrophaga duniagarciae sp. n. can be distinguished from all other Hyphantrophaga species by the following combination of traits: fronto-orbital plate pale brassy on upper 50% (so pale coded as silver), remainder dull silver, pedicel black, four postsutural dorsocentral setae, thorax entirely silver/grey tomentose, legs black, hind coxa setose, median marginal setae present on ST1+2, discal setae present T3-T5.


Hyphantrophaga duniagarciae sp. n. is named in recognition of Dunia Garcia Garcia's dedication and work in finding and rearing the ACG caterpillars that contained tachinid larvae.


Costa Rica, ACG, Guanacaste Province, 215 m elevation.


Hyphantrophaga duniagarciae sp. n. has been reared six times from one species of Lepidopterain the family Zygaenidae , Neoilliberis thyesta (Druce, 1884), in dry forest.