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Revision of Melanocryptus Cameron (Ichneumonidae, Cryptinae), with description of seven new species. (American Museum novitates, no. 3836)

Show simple item record Aguiar, Alexandre P. (Alexandre Pires), 1967- Santos, Bernardo F. 2015-06-01T16:14:33Z 2015-06-01T16:14:33Z 2015-05-29
dc.description 55 pages : color illustrations, maps (1 color) ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract The Neotropical genus Melanocryptus Cameron is revised, with a new defense for the genus based on an entirely new redescription. The genus is characterized mainly by the following characters: apical half of female flagellum with a ventral stripe formed by dense, short pilosity; clypeus with a central pointy tooth; areolet large, pentagonal, about as long as wide, sides converging anteriorly; and ovipositor blade shaped, about 2.0-3.0x higher than wide. Eleven valid species are recognized: M. cyaneus (Schmiedeknecht), M. niger (Szépligeti), M. violaceipennis Cameron, M. whartoni Kasparyan et Ruíz, and seven new taxa, M. aurantius, sp. nov., M. delos Aguiar, sp. nov., M. dnopheros, sp. nov., M. hadroglyptus Aguiar, sp. nov., M. rufigladius, sp. nov., M. tesselatus Aguiar, sp. nov., and M. tupan, sp. nov. The complex morphological variation of male specimens, particularly for M. hadroglyptus, was cladistically investigated in order to objectively delimit and demonstrate the range of morphological variation of the involved species. The first host record is reported for the genus, an unidentified pyralid moth (Lepidoptera), attacked by M. whartoni. The males of M. cyaneus and M. niger are reported for the first time. Photographic illustrations and distribution maps are provided for all valid species, with several new distribution records for previously known taxa. Keys for the species are presented separately for females and males. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Museum of Natural History. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates, no. 3836. en_US
dc.subject Melanocryptus. en_US
dc.subject Ichneumonidae. en_US
dc.subject Latin America. en_US
dc.title Revision of Melanocryptus Cameron (Ichneumonidae, Cryptinae), with description of seven new species. (American Museum novitates, no. 3836) en_US
dc.title.alternative Melanocryptus Cameron (Ichneumonidae, Cryptinae). en_US

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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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