Cryptus variator Walker, 1874

Shimizu, So & Broad, Gavin R., 2020, Photographic catalogue of the oldest primary types of Japanese Ichneumonoidea (Hymenoptera), those described by Frederick Smith and Francis Walker in 1874, Journal of Natural History 54 (17), pp. 1115-1198: 1169-1171

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Cryptus variator Walker, 1874


Cryptus variator Walker, 1874  

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Taxonomic history. Morley (1913b) suggested this species is similar to an Indian species of Aritranis Förster, 1869   . Uchida (1940b) transferred it to Hygrocryptus Thomson, 1873   , and Townes et al. (1965) to Gambrus Förster, 1869   .

Taxonomy. Although Agrothereutes Förster, 1850   , Aritranis   , Gambrus   and Hoplocryptus Thomson, 1873   are morphologically more or less difficult to distinguish from each other (especially the distinction of Aritranis   and Hoplocryptus   ) ( Townes 1970; Schwarz and Shaw 1998), Hoplocryptus   is distinguishable from Agrothereutes, Aritranis   and Gambrus   by, for example, the absence of a basal lateral tooth on the first metasomal segment, a more or less distinct tooth on the ventral margin of the clypeus, rather weakly convex postpetiole, and distinct dorso-lateral carinae of the first metasomal tergite (see Townes (1970) and Schwarz (2007) for more details). The character states of the holotype of Cryptus variator   match all diagnostic characters of the genus Hoplocryptus   ; therefore, we propose a new combination, Hoplocryptus variator   comb. nov., and also a new synonym, Hoplocryptus pini Momoi, 1973   syn. nov. under H. variator   comb. nov. based on comparison of the original description ( Momoi 1973) and photographs of Hoplocryptus pini   and the holotype specimen of H. variator   comb. nov.

Current taxonomy. Hoplocryptus variator ( Walker, 1874) comb.   nov. ( Ichneumonidae   : Cryptinae   : Cryptini   ).

Type number. Type 3b.412. Specimen # NHMUK010634909 View Materials

Type status. Holotype.

Sex. Female.

Type locality. Japan.


Label data. First label, ‘Type’ (round label, with red margin; printed); second label, ‘B.M. TYPE /HYM./3.b.412’ (square label; first and second lines printed and third line handwriting); third label, ‘ Japan./Coll.F. Walker./ 1913–71.’ (square label; printed); fourth label, ‘262’ (square label; handwriting); fifth label, ‘ Cryptus   /variator’ (square label; handwriting); sixth label, ‘ Aritranis   sp. ♀./Morley det. xii. 1913 ’ (square label; ‘Morley det.’ printed and the remaining characters handwriting).

Condition. Good, although the following are missing: the right antenna after the 20th flagellomere, left antenna after 19th, fourth and fifth tarsomeres of left mid leg, and hind tarsi.