Mendesella albipleura, Bortoni, Marco Aurélio, Souza-Gessner, Carolina Da Silva & Penteado-Dias, Angélica Maria, 2016

Bortoni, Marco Aurélio, Souza-Gessner, Carolina Da Silva & Penteado-Dias, Angélica Maria, 2016, The subfamily Mendesellinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in Brazil, with the description of six new species, Zootaxa 4200 (3), pp. 406-416: 411-413

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Mendesella albipleura

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Mendesella albipleura   sp. n. Bortoni & Penteado-Dias

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Material examined. Holotype female ( DCBU 17296 View Materials ) “ Jundiaí, SP, Brasil, Reserva Biológica da Serra do Japi   , S 23°14'14.4" W 46°53'33.1", Armadilha Malaise, 762m, 27.III.2012, A.S. Soares col.“. GoogleMaps  

Description of female (holotype). Body length: 4 mm; Fore wing length: 3.5 mm.

Color. Head yellow orange except for scape laterally and ventrally, pedicel, flagellomeres, stemmaticum, ocelli and tip of mandible black. Mesosoma yellow except for lateral lobes and basal median lobe of mesoscutum and tegula dark brown, mesopleuron ventrally, metapleuron and apical half of propodeum whitish yellow. Fore legs yellow, mid and hind legs whitish yellow except for apex of hind tibia and tarsus black. First metasomal tergite and hypopygium yellow, second and third metasomal tergites whitish yellow, remaining terga brownish, ovipositor sheath dark brown.

Head. Entirely smooth. Antenna 37 flagellomeres.

Mesosoma. Mesoscutum smooth. Notaulus crenulate anteriorly and absent posteriorly. Propleuron smooth. Pronotum smooth with a weakly striate groove. Scutellar sulcus with seven carinae, scutellum smooth. Mesopleuron smooth. Metapleuron rugose. Propodeum strongly rugose with one narrow and nearly parallel-sided areola, interior with some small transverse carinae.

Wings. Infuscate.

Legs. All legs smooth.

Metasoma. Apical width of first metasomal tergite 1.3 × basal width. Length of first metasomal tergite 1.8 × apical width. Hypopygium 2.2 × as long as wide. Ovipositor 1.1 × hind tibia. First metasomal tergite weakly rugose laterally with dorsal carinae narrowing about mid length, remaining parallel until end of tergum, remaining terga smooth.

Male. Unknown.

Diagnosis. This species is similar to M. jaraguaiensis   and M. yamadai   because of the dorsal carinae in first metasomal tergite not diverging posteriorly, but it differs in the color of mesopleuron, metapleuron, mid and hind legs.

Biology. Unknown.

Distribution. Only known from the type locality.

Etymology. This species is named after the whitish infuscation of mesopleuron.


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