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Figites aciculatus (Benoit)

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

Xyalophora aciculata Benoit, 1956. Holotype in Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren (RMCA). Type Locality: Kivu, Ibanda (Democratic Republic of Congo).

Figites aciculatus (Benoit, 1956). Combination by Jiménez & Pujade-Villar, 2008.

Figites effossus Benoit, 1956. Synonymy by van Noort et al., 2014.

Figites favonius Benoit, 1956. Synonymy by van Noort et al., 2014.

Figites fraudator Benoit, 1956. Synonymy by van Noort et al., 2014.

Figites furvus Benoit, 1956. Synonymy by van Noort et al., 2014.


Holotype female (RMCA)

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Non-type male (CNCI)

 



 
Female: Kenya, ICIPE Aug 2020.
 
Male: Kenya, Kongor ICIPE Dec 2022.

Distribution

Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya.

Biology

Unknown.

References

Benoit, P.L.G. 1956. Figitinae nouveaux du Congo Belge (Cynip.-Figitidae). Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines 53: 377–384.

Jiménez, M., Paretas-Martínez J. & Pujade-Villar, J. 2008. Revision of Xyalophora Kieffer and description of Xyalophoroides gen. n. (Hymenoptera: Figitidae: Figitinae). European Journal of Entomology 105: 751–769.

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

van Noort, S, Buffington ML & Forshage, M. 2014. Review of Afrotropical Figitinae (Figitidae, Cynipoidea, Hymenoptera) with the first records of Neralsia and Lonchidia for the region. ZooKeys 453: 37–69. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.453.8511

Credits

Photographs and map illustration © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

Photographs of Kenyan specimens © Bob Copeland (ICIPE).

 

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.

 

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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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