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Neralsia haddocki van Noort, Buffington & Forshage

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

Neralsia haddocki van Noort, Buffington & Forshage, 2014. Holotype in Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town (SAMC). Type Locality: Réserve Spéciale de Forêt Dense de Dzanga-Sangha, 12.7km 326º NW Bayanga, 3º00.27'N 16º11.55'E (Central African Republic).

Holotype female (SAMC)  
Neralsia_haddocki_SAM-HYM-P025026_habitus_lateral Neralsia_haddocki_SAM-HYM-P025026_habitus_dorsal
Neralsia_haddocki_SAM-HYM-P025026_head_mesosoma_lateral Neralsia_haddocki_SAM-HYM-P025026_head_metasoma_lateral
Neralsia_haddocki_SAM-HYM-P025026_head_frontal Neralsia_haddocki_SAM-HYM-P025026_mesonotum_dorso-lateral
Neralsia_haddocki_SAM-HYM-P025026_mesonotum_dorso-lateral Neralsia_haddocki_SAM-HYM-P025026_mesonotum_dorso-posterior
Neralsia_haddocki_SAM-HYM-P025026_mesosoma_dorsal Neralsia_haddocki_SAM-HYM-P025026_mesosutum_scutellum_dorso-lateral
Neralsia_haddocki_SAM-HYM-P025026_petiole_metasoma_dorsal Neralsia_haddocki_SAM-HYM-P025026_petiole_metasoma_lateral
Neralsia_haddocki_SAM-HYM-P025026_ovipositor Neralsia_haddocki_SAM-HYM-P025026_wing

Paratype male (BMNH)  
Neralsia_haddocki_male_BMNH_habitus_lateral Neralsia_haddocki_male_BMNH_body_lateral
Neralsia_haddocki_male_BMNH_head_mesosoma_lateral Neralsia_haddocki_male_BMNH_head_mesosoma_dorsal
Neralsia_haddocki_male_BMNH_head_anterior Neralsia_haddocki_male_BMNH_head_mesosoma_latdors
Neralsia_haddocki_male_BMNH_metasoma_lateral Neralsia_haddocki_male_BMNH_wings


Central African Republic, South Africa.




The specific epithet haddocki is in the genitive case and is for Captain Haddock, the comic book character by Hergé. The derivation has specific reference to Captain Haddock’s consistent state of inebriation and utterance of the phrases “ten thousand thundering typhoons” and “billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles”, expletives commiserate with the discovery and generic determination of this novel Afrotropical record in the CAR ethanol samples.


Neralsia haddocki can be separated from all other described world Neralsia species by the closed marginal cell. A defined true vein is present along the wing margin completely closing the marginal cell. A number of the Central American and West Indies species have a darkening on the wing margin, but this is not considered to be a true vein (Jiménez & Pujade-Villar, 2008). The carina present between the scutellar fovea is at the same height as the outer foveal edge.


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


Photographs and map illustration © 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.

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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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