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Muhaka icipe Buffington & Copeland

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

Muhaka icipe Buffington & Copeland, 2015. Holotype in: National Museums of Kenya (NMKE). Type locality: Muhaka Forest, 52 m, 4.32530S 39.52345E, Kenya.

(A) Dorsal habitus, with inset of scutellar and propodeal morphology; (B) lateral habitus (holotype specimen); (C) fore wing, bright-field illumination; (D) Muhaka Forest 6 m Malaise trap.


A) Head and mesosoma, dorsal view; (B) head, anteroventral view; (C) head and mesosoma, dorsolateral view; (D) head and pronotum, anterolateral view. Abbreviations: ank, ankos; kem, kemnina; sct, bifurcate posterior margin of scutellum.


 

Distribution

Kenya.

Etymology

icipe in honour of ICIPE, the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology; it is a noun in apposition. ICIPE has been, and continues to be, a leader of entomological research in Africa.

Biology

Unknown.

References

Buffington, ML & Copeland, R.S.  2015. Muhaka icipe, an enigmatic new genus and species of Kleidotomini (Hymenoptera: Figitidae: Eucoilinae) from an East African coastal forest. Journal of Natural History 49: 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2015.1042411  

Credits

 

Digital illustrations Taina Litwak (scientific illustrator, Systematic Entomology Lab, USDA). Photographs Matt Buffington (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA/ARS) or Robert Copeland (ICIPE).


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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