Ondigus cuixmalensis Zaldivar-Riveron , Martinez , Ceccarelli & Shaw

Zaldivar-Riveron, Alejandro, Martinez, Juan Jose, Ceccarelli, Fadia Sara & Shaw, Scott R., 2012, Five new species of the genera Heerz Marsh, Lissopsius Marsh and Ondigus Braet, Barbalho and van Achterberg (Braconidae, Doryctinae) from the Chamela-Cuixmala biosphere reserve in Jalisco, Mexico, ZooKeys 164, pp. 1-23 : 16-17

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Ondigus cuixmalensis Zaldivar-Riveron , Martinez , Ceccarelli & Shaw

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Ondigus cuixmalensis Zaldivar-Riveron, Martinez, Ceccarelli & Shaw   ZBK   sp. n. Figs 6 A–G


This species differs from the other described species of the genus, Ondigus bicolor   by having a vertex striate (smooth in Ondigus bicolor   ), propodeum without a median longitudinal carina and areola (Fig. 6C) [both present in Ondigus bicolor   (Fig. 6F)], dorsolateral carinae of first metasomal tergite ending before its anterior half (Fig. 6B) [running through the apical end of first metasomal tergite in Ondigus bicolor   (Fig. 6F)], and second metasomal tergite without a pair of sublateral depressions (Fig. 6B) [present in Ondigus bicolor   (Fig. 6F)].


Female. Colour: head and mesosoma dark brown, eye orbits honey yellow; scape and pedicel brown, flagellomeres brown, turning black to apex; palpi pale yellow; first metasomal tergite dark brown, with a semicircular area yellow apically; remaining metasomal tergites yellow, with brown irregular areas laterally; fore, middle and hind coxae, trochanter and trochantellus pale yellow, femora and tibiae pale yellow with irregular specks medially and apically, tarsi light brown to brown; wings hyaline, veins and pterostigma light brown, tegula pale yellow. Body length: 5.6 mm; ovipositor 2.5 mm. Head: face, frons and vertex striate, temple and gena smooth; malar space about 0.2 times eye height; occipital carina ending just before reaching hypostomal carina; ocello-ocular distance about the same length than diameter of lateral ocellus; eye 1.2 times higher than wide (lateral view); antennae broken, with at least 31 flagellomeres; scape longer than first flagellomere; first flagellomere longer than second. Mesosoma: length of mesosoma about 2.0 times its maximum height; pronotum rugose dorsally and ventrally, pronotal groove scrobiculate; mesoscutal lobes coriaceous, slightly transversally rugose at the edges of notauli; notauli deep and scrobiculate, joining before mesoscutum in a rugose area; scutellar disc coriaceous; scutellar sulcus large, deep and scrobiculate, interrupted by scutellar disc, with at least nine longitudinal carinae on each side; mesopleuron porcate-coriaceous dorsally, coriaceous medially and ventrally; precoxal sulcus complete, wide, deep and scrobiculate; venter of mesopleuron coriaceous; posterior mesopleural sulcus narrow and scrobiculate; metapleuron rugose-areolate with coriaceous microsculpture, propodeum longitudinally rugose with coriaceous microsculpture, with a median longitudinal carina on apical half. Legs: hind coxa, femur and tibia coriaceous, about 1.4 times longer than its maximum width. Wings: Fore wing length 3.7 times its maximum width, length of pterostigma 2.7 times its maximum width, vein m-cu interstitial to vein 2RS, vein 1cu-a clearly postfurcal to vein 1M; hind wing vein M+CU about the same length as vein 1M. Metasoma: first metasomal tergite about the same length as its apical width, costate with rugose microsculpture, with dorsolateral carinae ending before its anterior half; second metasomal tergite costate with rugose microsculpture; third metasomal tergite longitudinally striate with granulose microsculpture, with a deep, wide and scrobiculate transversal groove basally; suture between third and fourth metasomal tergites wide, deep, scrobiculate and sinuate; fourth metasomal tergite granulate with basal longitudinal striae; fifth to seventh metasomal tergites granulate, remaining ones smooth; ovipositor long, about 1.7 times length of metasoma.

Male. Smaller than female, body length 4.2 mm; vertex dark brown, rest of head honey yellow; mesopleuron and dorsal and lateral areas of pronotum dark brown to black, remaining part of mesosoma and basal two thirds of first metasomal tergite brown; 30 flagellomeres (complete); vein m-cu antefurcal to vein 2RS; hind wing with stigma; suture between second and third metasomal tergites straight.

Holotype. IB-UNAM CNIN. Female. Mexico, Jalisco, Estación de Biología de Chamela, UNAM, camino Calandria, 19.50N, -105.03W, 45 m, 3 September 2009, sweeping net, tropical dry forest, Hans Clebsch, Alejandro Zaldívar-Riverón, collectors. DNA voucher no. ASDOR464 (CHAM-368), GenBank accession nos HQ201295, HQ200886 (IB-UNAM CNIN).

Paratype. IB-UNAM CNIN, MACN. One specimen. Male. Mexico, Jalisco, Estación de Biología de Chamela, UNAM, camino Calandria, 19.50N, -105.03W, 45 m, 20 February 2010, light trap, tropical dry forest, Alejandro Zaldívar-Riverón, collector. DNA voucher no. ASDOR514 (CHAM-463), GenBank accession no. HQ201294 (IB-UNAM CNIN).




The COI sequences generated in this work allowed us to associate the only two collected specimens of Ondigus cuixmalensis   , one male and one female, as conspecific. This is the first known male for the genus, and is characterised by having a stigma-like enlargement on the hind wing.


The specific name refers to the CCBR, where this species was collected.