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Anacharoides rufus (Kieffer)

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

Coelonychia rufa Kieffer,1912. Holotype: Type lost, should be in (MNHN). Type locality: Port Elizabeth (South Africa).



South Africa.




The holotype of this species, deposited in MNHN, has been lost (Quinlan 1979). There is one specimen deposited in the collection of Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town (SAMC) that may bear Kieffer’s original determination of Coelonychia rufa Kieffer; this specimen is conspecific with A. pallida. If it could be substantiated that Kieffer did indeed identify this specimen, it could be designated a neotype for Coelonychia rufa Kieffer and A. pallida a potential junior synonym of A. rufa (Kieffer). For now no such nomenclatural act has been committed (Buffington & van Noort, 2009).


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.

Kieffer, J.J. 1912. Cynipides et Béthylides de l’Afrique du Sud. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 80: 451–462.

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.


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

Matt Buffington (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA/ARS) and Mattias Forshage (Swedish Museum of Natural History) both played an integral role in the development of the Cynipoidea pages.

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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