Apanteles alejandromorai

General description: 

Type locality. COSTA RICA, Alajuela, ACG, Sector Rincon Rain Forest, Sendero
Albergue Crater, 980m, 10.84886, -85.3281.
Holotype. ♀ in CNC. Specimen labels: 1. Voucher: D.H.Janzen & W.Hallwachs,
DB: http://janzen.sas.upenn.edu, Area de Conservación Guanacaste, COSTA RICA,
09-SRNP-4936. 2. DHJPAR0039759.
Paratypes. 3 ♀, 3 ♂ (BMNH, CNC, INBIO, INHS, NMNH). COSTA RICA,
ACG database codes: DHJPAR0027612, DHJPAR0035523, DHJPAR0038321,
DHJPAR0039030, DHJPAR0039734, DHJPAR0039775. Description. Female. Body color: body mostly dark except for some sternites
which may be pale. Antenna color: scape, pedicel, and flagellum dark. Coxae color
(pro-, meso-, metacoxa): dark, dark, dark. Femora color (pro-, meso-, metafemur):
anteriorly dark/posteriorly pale, dark, dark. Tibiae color (pro-, meso-, metatibia):
pale, pale, anteriorly pale/posteriorly dark. Tegula and humeral complex color: tegula
pale, humeral complex half pale/half dark. Pterostigma color: dark. Fore wing veins
color: mostly dark (a few veins may be unpigmented). Antenna length/body length:
antenna about as long as body (head to apex of metasoma); if slightly shorter, at least
extending beyond anterior 0.7 metasoma length. Body in lateral view: not distinctly
flattened dorso–ventrally. Body length (head to apex of metasoma): 3.3–3.4 mm or
3.5–3.6 mm. Fore wing length: 3.3–3.4 mm, 3.5–3.6 mm or 3.7–3.8 mm. Ocular–
ocellar line/posterior ocellus diameter: 2.3–2.5. Interocellar distance/posterior ocellus
diameter: 1.4–1.6. Antennal flagellomerus 2 length/width: 2.9–3.1. Antennal flagellomerus
14 length/width: 1.7–1.9. Length of flagellomerus 2/length of flagellomerus
14: 2.3–2.5. Tarsal claws: with single basal spine–like seta. Metafemur length/width:
3.0–3.1. Metatibia inner spur length/metabasitarsus length: 0.4–0.5. Anteromesoscutum:
mostly with deep, dense punctures (separated by less than 2.0 × its maximum
diameter). Mesoscutellar disc: mostly smooth. Number of pits in scutoscutellar sulcus:
11 or 12. Maximum height of mesoscutellum lunules/maximum height of lateral face
of mesoscutellum: 0.6–0.7. Propodeum areola: completely defined by carinae, including
transverse carina extending to spiracle. Propodeum background sculpture: mostly
sculptured. Mediotergite 1 length/width at posterior margin: 2.3–2.5. Mediotergite
1 shape: mostly parallel–sided for 0.5–0.7 of its length, then narrowing posteriorly so
mediotergite anterior width >1.1 × posterior width. Mediotergite 1 sculpture: mostly
sculptured, excavated area centrally with transverse striation inside and/or a polished
knob centrally on posterior margin of mediotergite. Mediotergite 2 width at posterior
margin/length: 2.0–2.3. Mediotergite 2 sculpture: mostly smooth. Outer margin
of hypopygium: with a wide, medially folded, transparent, semi–desclerotized area;
usually with 4 or more pleats. Ovipositor thickness: about same width throughout its
length. Ovipositor sheaths length/metatibial length: 1.8–1.9. Length of fore wing veins
r/2RS: 1.7–1.9. Length of fore wing veins 2RS/2M: 1.9–2.0. Length of fore wing veins
2M/(RS+M)b: 0.5–0.6. Pterostigma length/width: 3.6 or more. Point of insertion of
vein r in pterostigma: clearly beyond half way point length of pterostigma. Angle of
vein r with fore wing anterior margin: more or less perpendicular to fore wing margin.
Shape of junction of veins r and 2RS in fore wing: distinctly but not strongly angled.
Male. Similar to female, except for mediotergite 2 much less quadrate (i.e., much
more transverse).
Molecular data. Sequences in BOLD: 11, barcode compliant sequences: 10.
Biology/ecology. Solitary (Fig. 234). Hosts: Elachistidae, Antaeotricha Janzen106,
Antaeotricha Janzen366, Lethata trochalosticta.
Distribution. Costa Rica, ACG.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith