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Aganaspis Lin

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

Aganaspis Lin, 1987


Aganaspis alujai Wharton & Ovruski, 2007


Aganaspis contracta Lin, 1987


Aganaspis daci (Weld, 1951) (widely distributed species, synanthropically spread with an assumed origin in the Oriental region).

  Aganaspis major Lin, 1987
2819_mximage Aganaspis nordlanderi Wharton, 1998
  Aganaspis ocellata Lin, 1987
2814_mximage Aganaspis pelleranoi (Brèthes, 1924)
Aganaspis species (Central African Republic).

Widespread, but primarily East Asian and Neotropical. Afrotropical region: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Reunion, South Africa, Tanzania (van Noort et al. 2015).


Parasitoids of Tephritidae and other fruit-infesting flies (Wharton et al. 1998; Guimarães et al. 2003; van Noort et al. 2015).


Buffington ML, Forshage M, Liljeblad J, Tang CT, van Noort, S. 2020. World Cynipoidea (Hymenoptera):a key to higher-level groups. Insect Systematics and Diversity 4(4): 1–69. https://doi.org/10.1093/isd/ixaa003

Guimaraes J, Gallardo F, Díaz NB, Zucchi RA. 2003. Eucoiline species (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea: Figitidae) parasitoids of fruit-infesting dipterous larvae in Brazil: identity, geographical distribution and host associations. Zootaxa 278: 1–23.

Lin KS. 1987. Aganaspis, a new genus of Eucoilidae (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea). Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, special publication 22: 67–79.

Quinlan, J. 1986. A key to the Afrotropical genera of Eucoilidae (Hymenoptera), with a revision of certain genera. Bull. Br. Mus. Nat. Hist. (Entomology) 52, 243–366.

van Noort, S, Buffington ML & Forshage, M. 2015. Afrotropical Cynipoidea (Hymenoptera). ZooKeys 493: 1-176. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.493.6353

Wharton R, Ovruski S, Gilstrap F. 1998. Neotropical Eucoilidae (Cynipoidea) associated with fruit-infesting Tephritidae, with new records from Argentina, Bolivia and Costa Rica. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 7: 102–115.



Photographs © 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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