Oodera niehuisorum, Werner & Peters, 2018

Werner, Jennifer & Peters, Ralph S., 2018, Taxonomic revision of the genus Oodera Westwood, 1874 (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea, Pteromalidae, Cleonyminae), with description of ten new species, Journal of Hymenoptera Research 63, pp. 73-123 : 104-106

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Oodera niehuisorum

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Oodera niehuisorum sp. n. Figs 4e View Figure 4 , 7e View Figure 7 , 10e View Figure 10 , 13e View Figure 13 , 16e View Figure 16


BOTH SEXES (N = 13). Small-sized (4.50-6.48 mm). Head and mesosoma blackish and coppery, with small dark green parts, never with blue. Fore wing hyaline. Head usually oval (1.42-1.59 × as high as long, with only 2 of 13 with head round). Eyes large (0.60-0.74 × as high as head) (Fig. 10e View Figure 10 ). Corona usually medium (3.8-6.0 × as long as wide, with only 1 of 10 with corona thick), structure continuous (Fig. 7e View Figure 7 ). Pronotum pentagonal with posterior part distinctly narrowing towards mesoscutum, with broadest part before midlength (Fig. 13e View Figure 13 ). Mesoscutellum normal to slender (0.55-0.85 × as long as wide), anterior margin hardly convex to convex (part anterior to imaginary transverse line connecting posterior margins of axillae less than or more than 1/3 of mesoscutellum length; 0.3-0.45), mesoscutellum densely lineate in anterior half to anterior two thirds, areolate in posterior half or third (Fig. 16e View Figure 16 ). Propodeum medium to large (0.12-0.21 × as long as mesoscutum) (Fig. 16e View Figure 16 ). Profemur robust to medium (1.82-2.15 × as long as wide). Marginal vein short (0.78-0.89 × as long as postmarginal vein).

FEMALE. Body robust to medium (mesonotum 1.29-1.41 × as long as wide). Metasoma short (0.40-0.45 × as long as body). Ovipositor short to rather long (0.14-0.18 × as long as metasoma) (Fig. 4e View Figure 4 ).

MALE. Body robust to slender (mesonotum 1.27-1.47 × as long as wide).


BOTH SEXES. Colour (Figs 4e View Figure 4 , 7e View Figure 7 , 10e View Figure 10 , 13e View Figure 13 , 16e View Figure 16 ). Scape yellow, pedicel yellow, darkening apically, rest of antenna dark brown. Procoxa and profemur yellow to coppery, all other parts of legs mid brown with yellow joints, except for darker brown last tarsal segments. Metasoma black.

Head (Figs 7e View Figure 7 , 10e View Figure 10 ). Face completely reticulate. Head 1.42-1.59 × as wide as long. Head width 3.13-4.0 × eye distance. Malar space 0.26-0.39 × head height. Corona 0.53-0.67 × as long as eye height. POL 1.0-1.20 × OOL. Scape 2.29-2.83 × as long as pedicel. Clava 0.14-0.21 × as long as funicle. Flagellum 1.09-1.31 × as long as head width.

Mesosoma (Figs 13e View Figure 13 , 16e View Figure 16 ). Pronotum 0.88-1.0 × as long as wide. Pronotum 0.50-0.59 × as long as mesonotum. Mesonotum 1.28-1.53 × as long as mesoscutum. Mesoscutum 0.84-1.10 × as long as wide. Mesoscutellum 0.28-0.53 × as long as mesoscutum. Profemur 1.19-1.37 × as long as protibia.

Wings (Fig. 4e View Figure 4 ). Fore wing 2.68-3.11 × as long as wide. Costal cell 0.28-0.37 × as long as fore wing. Marginal vein 0.15-0.20 × as long as fore wing. Marginal vein 1.90-2.91 × as long as stigmal vein. Postmarginal vein 2.29-3.43 × as long as stigmal vein.

Material examined.

AFRICA. Egypt: female holotype, Sinai, Nuweiba , ex Acacia sp. tree, 29°01.17'N / 34°40.52'E, leg. O. Niehuis, 11.03.2001, 10 m amsl (= above sea level) ( ZFMK) (ONi01); seven female and four male paratypes, same data ( ZFMK) (ONi02-05, ONi06-08, ONi10), ( CNC) (ONi05), (BHMN) (ONi09), ( NMBE) (ONi11), ( USNM) (ONi12). ASIA, MIDDLE EAST. Israel: female paratype, Yeroham 329 m ü. NN (= above sea level), 3 0°57'9"N / 35°4'51"E, e. l. ex Acacia Holzeintrag (= from wood), leg. M. & O. Niehuis, 24.04.2013 ( ZFMK) (ONi13) GoogleMaps .


Reared from Acacia wood, which is likely the habitat of the O. niehuisorum host.


Egypt and Israel.


Named after Manfred and Oliver Niehuis, who collected the specimens of the type series.