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Pristocerine wasps of the Afrotropical Region

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Chrysidoidea; Family: Bethylidae)


  Afgoiogfa Argaman, 1988


Afrocera Benoit, 1983

Apenesia Westwood, 1874


Apristocera Kieffer, 1914

Dissomphalus Ashmead, 1893


Parascleroderma Kieffer, 1904

Pristocera Klug, 1808

Prosapenesia Kieffer, 1910

  Protisobrachium Benoit, 1957

Pseudisobrachium Kieffer, 1904

Trichiscus Benoit, 1956


Usakosia Kieffer, 1914




Parasitoids of wood boring, or soil dwelling, or myrmecophilous (in ant nests) beetle larvae (Coleoptera).


Amante M, Schöller M, Suma P, Russo A. 2017. Bethylids attacking stored-product pests: an overview. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 163: 251–264. https://doi.org/10.1111/eea.12587

Argaman, Q., 1988. A new subfamily of Bethylidae allied to Pristocerinae (Hymenoptera). Bollettino della Societŕ Entomologica Italiana 120(2): 139–152.

Azevedo, CO. 2014. Revision of Trichiscus Benoît, 1956 (Hymenoptera, Bethylidae). Zootaxa 3802 (3): 318–334.  http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3802.3.2

Azevedo CO, Garcia R, Gobbi FT & van Noort S. 2015. Insecta, Hymenoptera, Bethylidae: range extension and filling gaps in Central African Republic. Check List 11: 1-4.

Azevedo CO, Alencar IDCCA, Ramos MS, Barbosa DN, Colombo WD, Vargas JMR, Lim J. 2018. Global guide of the flat wasps (Hymenoptera, Bethylidae). Zootaxa 4489:1–294. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4489.1.1

Benoit, P.L.G.  1981.  Bethylidae africains (Hymenoptera).  La Tribu Usakosiini.  Rev. Zool. Afr. 95(4):  833-42. 

Gordh, G. & L. Móczár, 1990. A catalog of the World Bethylidae (Hymenoptera: Aculeata). Mem. Amer. Ent. Inst., (46): 1-364.

Finnamore, A.T. & Brothers, D.J. 1993. Superfamily Chrysidoidea (pp. 130-160). In GOULET, H. & HUBER, J. (eds). Hymenoptera of the World: an identification guide to families. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 668 pp.

Kieffer, J.J. 1910. Description de nouveaux Bethylides (Hymen.). Ann. Soc. Ent. France 79: 136-140.

Krombein, K. V. 1989. Systematic notes on some Bethylidae from Botswana: Pristocerine (Hymenoptera: Aculeata). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 91: 620-631.

Turner, R. E. 1928. New Hymenoptera of the family Bethylidae. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 31: 129-152.


Photographs © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2022. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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