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Closterocerus Westwood, 1833 comparative info return to: prev(ent16) prev(ent23) prev(ent27) home
Mandibular formula 3:3. Clypeus sometimes faintly defined by sutures, never a different color from surrounding areas of face. Transverse fronto-facial groove weakly to strongly v-shaped; scrobal grooves almost always meeting at transverse fronto-facial groove or reaching groove before meeting, extending slightly below toruli ventrally; interscrobal ridge meeting transverse groove. Occiput sometimes with longitudinal groove (especially apparent in air-dried specimens). Antenna typically strongly flattened; flagellar formula 1,2,3 or 1,4,1, anellus very small, often appearing to be absent; heads of peg sensilla of flagellum always slanting, asymmetrical; sensory pores of scape in a cluster near apex of scape in males. Mesosomal dorsum weakly sculpted; mesoscutal midlobe with 1-4 pairs of setae; transepimeral sulcus almost always strongly curved, arching posteriad. Forewing shape variable; postmarginal vein equal or shorter than stigmal vein, at most 1x stigmal vein length; almost always 1 faint setal track extending from stigma (curving antero-apically from uncus), rarely no setal tracks present; radial cell usually bare; forewing sometimes with concentric transverse fuscate bands. Propodeum smooth, without median carina; callus with 2 setae. Petiole always much broader than long, usually very difficult to discern. Compare with: Neochrysocharis, OmphaleChrysonotomyia, Asecodes, Achrysocharoides, Chrysocharis.

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1a-b: Closterocerus forewing (left), and C. tau Girault forewing (right)

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2a: Closterocerus vesiculis (Moser) forewing [most discal setae not shown]

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3a-b: Closterocerus mesopleuron (left, TPS=transepimeral sulcus), and Omphale flagellomere, with asymmetrical peg sensilla [sa] as in Closterocerus (right)

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4a-b: Closterocerus female antenna (left), and C. texanus Hansson male (center) and female (right) antennae

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5a-b: Closterocerus face (left), and propodeum (right)

Biology: Host range very broad, if reliable: Primary parasitoids of leaf-miners and gall-formers, also reported from Symphyta eggs [Argidae, Diprionidae], armored scales, and psyllids.

Comments: Controversial in placement and scope. Gumovsky (2001) expanded the limits of the genus to include a number of formerly recognized genera, but Burks et al. (2011) removed Asecodes and Neochrysocharis from this assemblage because molecular data indicated that they were more closely related to Pediobius. Slide-mouting may be desirable for a 100% accurate identification. This genus is probably closely related to Chrysonotomyia, the Omphale group, and the Ceranisus group. It shares with the Ceranisus group, Ionympha, and Chrysocharis (Zaommomyia) the subtorular grooves. Unfortunately, the subtorular grooves are frequently difficult to properly assess, and may appear to be present when they should be interpreted as absent, or indeed the difference between true and false subtorular grooves may be entirely illusory. Under the current system, Closterocerus is likely paraphyletic because there is no apomorphy possessed by Closterocerus that is not possessed by the Ceranisus group, Ionympha, and Chrysocharis (Zaommomyia). Additionally, some species Omphale group, some species of which are nearly identical with Closterocerus species aside from the presence of enlarged volsellar setae and sometimes differences in the clypeus. Finally, the subgenus Achrysocharis is very similar to the genus Chrysonotomyia, separated (in Nearctic species) by the number of setal tracks radiating from the stigmal apex, and in all regions by the number of volsellar spines of the male genitalia (Hansson 2004: 1 in Chrysonotomyia, 2 in Closterocerus). Reports that Achrysocharis species do not have a delimited clypeus are generally erroneous: the clypeus may or may not appear delimited based on the size and condition of the specimen.

Comparative information:

Neochrysocharis: Heads of peg sensilla of flagellum rounded, symmetrical. Mesoscutal midlobe always with 2 pairs of setae; transepimeral sulcus almost always weakly curved or straight, arching dorsad, rarely strongly curved, arching posteriad. Forewing with no setal tracks radiating from stigma, without fuscate areas. Mainly confusable with large-bodied, metallic green or blue Closterocerus, as forms related to C. trifasciatus  Westwood are easily distinguished, being dorsoventrally flattened, metallic purple, and usually having concentric fuscate bands across the wing. May require slide-mounting for definite identification, as the only 100% reliable character is the shape of the peg sensilla of the flagellum.

Omphale: Subtorular grooves absent in many species. Clypeus usually set off by distinct sutures (dorsal suture rarely missing), much broader than long in many species, or with semicircular dorsal margin or protruding ventral margin. Mandibles exodont in a few species. Male genitalia usually with enlarged volsellar setae.

Asecodes: Occiput with median furrow (present in some Closterocerus). Flagellum with 4 funicular segments and 1 claval segment. 2-3 rows of setae sometimes radiating from stigma. Can be very difficult to distinguish, especially when number of claval segments is in doubt.

Proacrias: Propodeum with a modified median carina: either broadened and dorsally flattened, or posteriorly split.

Chrysonotomyia: 2 setal tracks radiating from stigma. Clypeus set off by distinct sutures. Mainly confusable with the subgenus Achrysocharis, which have 1 pair of mesoscutal setae, distinguished by having only 1 setal track radiating from the stigma. Male genitalia with 1 volsellar spine.

Achrysocharoides: Subtorular grooves absent. Transverse frontal groove always straight, not v-shaped, and usually distant from median ocellus (close to median ocellus in Closterocerus with 1 pair of scutellar setae). Mesoscutum and especially scutellum often with distinct groups of pits or longitudinal foveae; mesoscutal midlobe with 2 pairs of setae. Usually easily distinguished.

Ceranisus, Thripobius: Head with a complete sulcus across vertex; frontal grooves reaching above ocellus in Thripobius. Entire body very weakly sculpted or smooth, almost always brownish with a light-beige or yellowish antenna (Closterocerus nearly always dark, metallic, or yellowish). Parasitoids only of larval thrips.

Chrysocharis: Subtorular grooves absent. Scrobal depressions usually meeting before reaching transverse groove, but rarely meeting at groove or reaching groove before meeting, especially in males; interscrobal ridge not meeting transverse groove in females. Flagellar formula 3,3,2 or 3,4,1, very rarely with 3 claval segments (in C. chlorus Graham and C. imbrasus (Walker)); apical anellus enlarged in females, up to 0.33x basal funicular segment length. Postmarginal vein almost always more than 1.5x stigmal vein length, rarely as little as 1x stigmal vein length.

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