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Pycnostigmus mastersonae Buffington & van Noort

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

Pycnostigmus mastersonae Buffington & van Noort 2007. Holotype: in Iziko South African Museum. Type Locality: Langberg Farm (3km 270 W Langebaanweg), 3258.461'S 1807.344'E (Western Cape Province, South Africa)

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South Africa: Western Cape Province: West Coast Fossil Park; Langberg Farm; Koeberg Nature Reserve.




Separated from all other species of Pycnostigmus by having head and mesosoma (including coxae) metallic green-gold.


Jill Masterson was murdered by Auric Goldfinger in the Fleming (1959) based United Artists movie Goldfinger. Masterson supposedly died by dermal asphyxiation when she was completely covered in gold paint. Her name is used since this species of Pycnostigmus is the only known metallic cynipoid.


Buffington, M.L. & van Noort, S. 2007. A world revision of Pycnostigminae (Cynipoidea: Figitidae) with descriptions of seven new species. Zootaxa 1392: 1-30


Photographs and map illustration Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa), first published in Zootaxa 1392

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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