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Anacharoides nicknacki Buffington & van Noort

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Cynipoidea; Family: Figitidae; Subfamily: Aspicerinae; Genus: Anacharoides)

Anacharoides nicknacki Buffington & van Noort 2009. Holotype: Natural History Museum, London (NHML). Type localityMALAWI: Kasungu, Mtunthama.



Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe.




Similar to A. striaticeps, but differing in the development of the antero-admedial signum struts: A. striaticeps has these poorly developed, blending in with the rest of the mesoscutal sculpturing; further differentiation requires males, in which the F1 of the male antenna is deeply excavated in A. striaticeps; in A. nicknacki the male F1 is not excavated. Anacharoides nicknacki is differentiated from all other Anacharoides in lacking multiple antero-admedial signum struts per side (at least two per side in A. paragi and A. quadrus), by lacking strigae on the mesoscutum (present in A. stygius) and by not having the central area of the mesoscutum shagreened (shagreened in A. pallida).


Buffington, M.L. & van Noort, S. 2009. A world revision of Anacharoides Cameron, 1904 (Hymenoptera: Figitidae) with a description of a new species. Zookeys 20: 245-274.

Quinlan, J. 1979. A revisionary classification of the Cynipoidea (Hymenoptera) of the Ethiopian Zoogeographical Region. Aspicerinae (Figitidae) and Oberthuerellinae (Liopteridae). Bulletin of the British Museum of Natural History (Entomology) 39: 85-133.


Photographs by Matt Buffington (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA/ARS)


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Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2024. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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