Zealochus abominosus Khalaim & Ward,

Khalaim, Andrey I. & Ward, Darren F., 2019, Tersilochinae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from New Zealand. Part 2. Review of genera Kiwi gen. nov. and Zealochus Khalaim, Zootaxa 4613 (3), pp. 521-545: 539-541

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Zealochus abominosus Khalaim & Ward

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Zealochus abominosus Khalaim & Ward  , sp. nov.

( Figs 5View FIGURES 1–6, 15, 46–49View FIGURES 46–51, 65)

Comparison. The new species is very similar to Z. stepheni  from which it differs by the colour pattern of head ( Figs 46–48View FIGURES 46–51), somewhat less slender antennal flagellum ( Fig. 46View FIGURES 46–51), shorter distance between propodeal spiracle and pleural carina ( Fig. 49View FIGURES 46–51) and shape of the ovipositor apex.

Description. Female. Body length 3.0 mm. Fore wing length 2.5 mm. Flagellum clavate, with 16–17 flagellomeres (16 in holotype); subbasal flagellomeres 2.0–2.5× and subapical flagellomere 1.0–1.2× as long as broad ( Fig. 46View FIGURES 46–51). Foveate groove weak to moderately deep, with short transverse wrinkles, long and usually reaching front margin of mesopleuron anteriorly (Fig. 15). Propodeal spiracle adjacent to pleural carina or separated from it by distance shorter than one diameter of spiracle. Fore wing with vein 2m-cu interstitial or slightly antefurcal (Fig. 5). Ovipositor weakly upcurved apically (Fig. 15); sheath twice as long as hind tibia.

Almost completely yellowish orange or orange species (Fig. 15). Head with interocellar area fuscous. Mandibu- lar teeth reddish black. Antennal flagellum apically fuscous. Pterostigma brown. Legs yellow, hind coxa yellowish orange, hind tibia and tarsus sometimes infuscate. Metasoma posterior to second tergite brownish or blackish dor- sally; propodeum, metapleuron and first tergite sometimes darkened with brown.

Male. Flagellum very slender, filiform, with 18 flagellomeres; malar space shorter. Otherwise similar to fe- male.

Etymology. From the Latin abominosus (full of ill omens, portentous).

Material examined. Holotype female (NZAC), North Island, AK, Walker Bush Track, sweeping, 5.XI.1976, coll. A.K. Walker, NZAC04036670 Paratypes. BP: 1 ♀ ( NZAC) Rereauira Swamp , Malaise trap, 26.I–9.III.1993, coll. J.S. Dugdale. ND: 1 ♀ ( NZAC) Poor Knights Island , Tawhiti Rahi Island, Eastern Ridge, sweeping in forest, mainly Metrosideros excelsa  , 9.XII.1980, coll. M.F. Tocker. 1 ♀ ( NZAC) same locality, sweeping in regenerated area, 9.XII.1980, coll. C.F. Butcher. 1 ♀ ( AMNZ) same island, swept or beaten lower main track, 2.XII.1980, coll. K.A.J. Wise. 1 ♀ ( ZISP) Poor Knights Islands , Aorangi Island, Crater Bay forest, at night, 15.XI.1981, coll. J.S. Dugdale. 1 ♀ ( NZAC) same island, Puweto Valley , beaten at night, 16.XI.1981, coll. J.C. Watt. 1 ♂ ( NZAC) same locality, 80 m, Malaise trap in Beilschmiedia taraisi  site, 11–16.XI.1981, coll. J.S. Dugdale. 


Distribution. North Island (ND, AK, BP).


New Zealand Arthropod Collection


Auckland Institute and Museum


Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences