Pristomerus melissa, Rousse & Villemant & Seyrig, 2013

Rousse, Pascal, Villemant, Claire & Seyrig, André, 2013, Ichneumonid wasps from Madagascar. VI. The genus Pristomerus (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Cremastinae), European Journal of Taxonomy 49, pp. 1-38: 21-23

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Pristomerus melissa

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Pristomerus melissa   sp. nov.

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Moderately large species; face black; head black and white; general coloration testaceous-orange with tergite 1, basal half of tergite 2 and apico-lateral margins of mesoscutum black; face densely punctategranulate, clypeus transverse and smooth; mesonotum densely punctate-granulate; area superomedia laterally not delimited; female femoral tooth small; ovipositor short, its tip slightly sinuate; POL 0.7; OOL 1.0; CT 2.0; ML 0.8; OT 1.0; FFT 1.

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Species highly characteristic on account of the head color, the relatively short ovipositor and the laterally not delimited area superomedia.


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MADAGASCAR: ♀ ( MNHN EY2454), Mandraka Park, Ampasimpotsy, 18°57’ S, 47°53’ E, verbatim label data: “Madagascar, Mandraka forest , IV.32 ”, complete.




LENGTH. 5.1.

HEAD. Face mid-longitudinally bulging, densely punctate-granulate with very fine pilosity. Clypeus almost smooth with few punctures. Ocellar triangle equilateral. Mandible moderately long, teeth subequal. Malar line moderately long. Antenna with 35 flagellomeres.

MESOSOMA. Moderately elongate, 2 x longer than high. Pronotum smooth, its postero-dorsal edge granulate. Mesonotum densely punctate-granulate. Mesopleuron and metapleuron shining, densely punctate. Propodeum long, densely punctate. Area basalis triangular, strongly petiolate. Lateral carinae of area superomedia lacking. Legs: long and thin, hind femur with a small tooth.

METASOMA. Tergites 1 almost smooth, post-petiole and tergite 2 finely aciculate. Tergite 2 almost as long as tergite 1 and about 2 x longer than apically wide. Ovipositor relatively short, slightly up-curved and briefly sinuate at apex.

COLOR. Head blackish brown with clypeus, malar space and mandible pale yellow. Mandibular teeth and antennae dark brown. Mesosoma testaceous-orange, dorso-laterally slightly infuscate. First tergite blackish. Second tergite with basal half yellow, apical half black with a yellow margin. Remainder of metasoma testaceous-orange. Legs orange, hind tibia (basally) and hind tarsus darker. Wings hyaline, pterostigma and ovipositor sheath dark brown.




Madagascar (Toamasina province).


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