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Stentorceps weedlei Nielsen & Buffington

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

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

ClassificationFigitidae keysCynipoidea keys

Diagnosis Easily distinguished from all other species of Stentorceps by the small spine found immediately
dorsal to the clypeal medial protuberance. Most easily confused with S. zuparkoi in all other aspects except for the shape of the pyriformprotuberances: S. weedlei has broad pyriformprotuberances, while those of S. zuparkoi are thin.
Etymology Named in honour of the creature Weedle, a hymenopteran larva from the Pokémon video game series (Game Freak, Creatures Inc., 1998). Weedle shares the distinguishing character of S. weedlei, a spine in the middle of its head.
Holotype Name registration. urn:lsid:zoobank.org:act: 888D394F-DA01-4BA7-BDA4-BA364873AFDB.
urn:lsid:biosci.ohio-state.edu:osuc_concepts: 271838

Type material. Holotype, female:MADAGASCAR: Fianarantsoa Auto. Province: Vohiparara, broken bridge, high altitude rainforest, MA-02-09A-01, Ranomafana National Park, 21°13.57’S 47°22.19’E, 1100 m, 16.x–8.xi.2001, malaise trap, M. Irwin & R. Harin’Hala, USNM ENT00655745 (deposited in CASC).
Distribution Botswana, Madagascar.

Link to distribution map. http://hol.osu.edu/map-full.html?id=271838




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. 2022. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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