The genus Clinocentrus Haliday, 1833 (Braconidae, Rogadinae) is cosmopolitan with mainly a Holarctic and Oriental distribution. It includes endoparasitoids of larvae of Choreutidae, Epermeniidae, Momphidae, Oecophoridae, Pyralidae, Tortricidae, and Yponomeutidae (Chen & He, 1997). The caterpillar is mummified by the parasitoid larva, which is typical for Rogadinae. Fourteen species of Clinocentrus are known from the Oriental region (Yu et al. 2016). The genus can be identified with the presence of vein m-cu of the hind wing and the propodeal areola (which may be invisible because of coarse rugose sculpture as in the new species); the ovipositor and its sheath distinctly protruding beyond the apex of metasoma and the third metasomal tergite moderately sculptured antero-dorsally, but in some species the tergite nearly entirely smooth. One new species, Clinocentruskarbi Gupta & van Achterberg sp. nov., from the north eastern part of India, is described and illustrated. The genus Clinocentrus is reported from India for the first time.The type specimens were collected by sweeping vegetation along the sides of the highway in the Karbi Anglong district which has a vast forest spread over 37 square kilometres encompassing the protected areas of Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary. The following abbreviations are used in the descriptions: F1 and F2 for first and second antennal flagellomeres; POL—Posterior Ocellar Line; OOL—Ocular Ocellar Line; OD—Ocellar Diameter. Morphological terminology in general follows van Achterberg (1993). Photos were taken with a Leica M 205 A stereozoom microscope with Leica DC 420 inbuilt camera using automontage software (version 3.8). The types and vouchers of both the species are deposited in the National Insect Museum (NIM) of ICAR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources (ICAR-NBAIR), Bengaluru, India.

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A. Gupta, van Achterberg, C., & R. Pattar. (2023). First report of the genus Clinocentrus Haliday (Braconidae, Rogadinae) from India, with the description of a new species. Zootaxa, 5293(1), 196–200. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.5293.1.11