Climaciella obtusa Hoffman, 2002

Ardila-Camacho, Adrian, Calle-Tobón, Arley, Wolff, Marta & Stange, Lionel A., 2018, New species and new distributional records of Neotropical Mantispidae (Insecta: Neuroptera), Zootaxa 4413 (2), pp. 295-324: 312

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Climaciella obtusa Hoffman, 2002


Climaciella obtusa Hoffman, 2002  

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Climaciella obtusa Hoffman, 2002: 254   , male, female. Holotype: male, Ecuador ( FSCA)  

Specimen examined. Colombia: Valle del Cauca: El Darien, 9.V.2017, no collector, mist net for birds (1♂ — MEFLG).

Diagnosis. Body almost totally black, posterior margin of eyes orange, pronotum very dark reddish brown ventrally. Foreleg with apex of coxa, trochanter and area surrounding the sub-basal spine at outer and inner surfaces orange-reddish. Prothorax bent ventrad at mid-length in lateral view. Wings with anterior 3/4 dark amber, remainder membrane hyaline ( Fig. 3e View FIGURE3 ). Male tergites 5 and 6 with anterolateral patches of pores, each one composed by 18‒36 circular pores; intersegmental membrane between these segments expanded into a bilobed pocket, extended 1/3 the length of the tergite 5. Male genitalia with ventromedial lobe of ectoproct flattened, bearing 50‒65 short and thick setae. Sternite 9 pentagonal in ventral view, scoop-like in lateral view, posteromedially produced into a short and rounded lobe. Gonarcus median lobe spine-like. Hypomeres present as paired ellipsoid lateral sclerites. Pseudopenis spine-like in posterior view, slightly longer than pseudopenal membrane, apex broadly rounded to truncate, with basal half or more as wide as base. Pseudopenal membrane broadly triangular.

Distribution. Colombia (Magdalena, Valle del Cauca), Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama ( Hoffman 2002).

Comments. This mantispid species can be found in lowland forests of Central America and Northern South America from 400 to 1450 m.a.s.l. ( Hoffman 2002; Ardila-Camacho & García 2015). Adults have been collected in February, May to August and October ( Hoffman 2002; Ardila-Camacho & García 2015). The immature stages and spider hosts are unknown. In the same way as C. semihyalina   and C. brunnea   (“synoeca” morph) ( Opler 1981), C. obtusa   has a Batesian mimicry pattern resembling some vespid wasp species of the genera Polybia Lepeletier and Synoeca de Saussure   , although the possible species model have not been identified ( Hoffman 2002; Ardila- Camacho & García 2015).


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Climaciella obtusa Hoffman, 2002

Ardila-Camacho, Adrian, Calle-Tobón, Arley, Wolff, Marta & Stange, Lionel A. 2018

Climaciella obtusa

Hoffman, 2002 : 254