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Stentorceps heimdalli Nielsen & Buffington

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

Stentorceps heimdalli Nielsen & Buffington, 2011. Type in: National Museums of Kenya (NMKE).

ClassificationFigitidae keysCynipoidea keys

Diagnosis This species can be distinguished from all other members of Stentorceps by the longitudinal
striation on the anterior half of its dorsal scutellar surface (Fig. 3B), which is smooth in all other
species (cf. Fig. 3D). This species can also be recognized by the oblong shape of the dorsal terminus of the corniculum, a shape unique to S. heimdalli (circular and/or ovoid in all other species).
Etymology Named in honour of Heimdall, the Norse god guarding the bridge between Midgård, the world of man, and Asgård, the realm of the gods. He is known for his horn, the Gjallarhorn, which he would blow to announce the beginning of Ragnarök, the end of the world. The large corniculum of S. heimdalli is reminiscent of this horn.
Holotype Name registration. urn:lsid:zoobank.org:act: EC556386-4F75-444F-9A3E-F1B54FF5A252.
urn:lsid:biosci.ohio-state.edu:osuc_concepts: 271839

Type material. Holotype, female: KENYA: Nyanza Province: Kaksingiris Loc., Nyamarandi,
00°30.535’S 34°11.206’E, 1251 m, 6.vi–20.vi.2006, malaise trap, R. Copeland, USNM ENT00655766 (deposited in NMKE).

Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa.

Link to distribution map. http://hol.osu.edu/map-full.html?id=271839




Nielsen, M. & Buffington, M. 2011. Redescription of Stentorceps Quinlan, 1984 (Hymenoptera: Figitidae), with a description of five new species. African Entomology 19: 597–613.

Quinlan, J. 1984. Stentorceps, a remarkable new genus of eucoilid (Hymenoptera) from Africa. Systematic Entomology 9: 479–485. urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub: B28A151C-9622-4EAD-9C5C-B1D5668C9DB7.



Photographs © Nielsen & Buffington.

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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