Apanteles coffeellae

General description: 

Type locality. GUADELOUPE, Lesser Antilles, locality not specified.
Holotype. ♀, NMNH (examined).
Description. Female. Body color: body mostly dark except for some sternites
which may be pale. Antenna color: scape, pedicel, and flagellum pale. Coxae color
(pro-, meso-, metacoxa): pale, dark, dark or pale, pale, dark. Femora color (pro-,
meso-, metafemur): pale, pale, pale. Tibiae color (pro-, meso-, metatibia): pale, pale,
pale. Tegula and humeral complex color: both pale. Pterostigma color: dark. Fore
wing veins color: partially pigmented (a few veins may be dark but most are pale).
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): 2.0 mm or less. Fore wing length: 2.0 mm or less. Ocular–ocellar
line/posterior ocellus diameter: 2.6 or more. Interocellar distance/posterior ocellus
diameter: 1.4–1.6. Antennal flagellomerus 2 length/width: 2.3–2.5. Antennal flagellomerus
14 length/width: 1.4–1.6. Length of flagellomerus 2/length of flagellomerus
14: 2.0–2.2. Tarsal claws: simple. Metafemur length/width: 3.0–3.1. Metatibia inner
spur length/metabasitarsus length: 0.4–0.5. Anteromesoscutum: mostly with shallow,
sparse punctures (separated by more than 2.0 × its maximum diameter). Mesoscutellar
disc: mostly smooth. Number of pits in scutoscutellar sulcus: 13 or 14. Maximum
height of mesoscutellum lunules/maximum height of lateral face of mesoscutellum:
0.8 or more. Propodeum areola: completely defined by carinae, including transverse
carina extending to spiracle. Propodeum background sculpture: partly sculptured,
especially on anterior 0.5. Mediotergite 1 length/width at posterior margin: 4.1 or
more. 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 smooth. Mediotergite 2 width at posterior margin/length: 4.0–
4.3. 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: 0.8–0.9. Length of fore wing veins r/2RS: 1.0 or less
(?). Length of fore wing veins 2RS/2M: 2.1 or more. Length of fore wing veins 2M/
(RS+M)b: 1.1–1.3. Pterostigma length/width: 2.1–2.5. Point of insertion of vein r in
pterostigma: about 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: evenly curved.
Male. Differs only in the darker legs, with metafemur and apical half of metatibia
dark brown (Muesebeck 1958).
Molecular data. No molecular data available for this species.
Biology/ecology. Probably solitary. Hosts: Gracillariidae, Acrocercops dives; Lyonetiidae,
Leucoptera coffeella.
Distribution. Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico. No records known or expected for ACG
or Costa Rica.
Comments. Only known from specimens studied by Muesebeck (1958) when
describing the species.

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