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of the Afrotropical Region

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera;  Superfamily: Ichneumonoidea; Family: Ichneumonidae)

Ateleutina Townes, 1970: 142, 297–298, 490. Type genus: Ateleute Förster, by monotypy.


Ateleute Förster, 1869




Ectoparasitoids of Psychidae (Lepidoptera).

Diagnosis Body almost always small (forewing 2.2–7.5 mm), slender and somewhat elongate. Clypeus moderately convex, separated from face by groove; apical margin sharp, truncate or concave, without median teeth or tubercles. Lower tooth of mandible as long as or slightly longer than upper tooth. Apical truncation of flagellum distinctly oblique. Male antenna with tyloids. Hypostomal carina joining occipital carina near or at base of mandible. Epomia absent. Epicnemial carina ventrally absent, laterally distinct; sternaulus weak and shallow; postpectal carina complete; mesopleural fovea absent or very shallow. Hind margin of metanotum without teeth-like projections. Foretibia of female never swollen. Apex of tarsomere 4 not bilobed. Areolet large, wider than long, vein 2-M distinctly shorter than 3-M, crossvein 3r-m absent or spectral; forewing crossvein 2m-cu distinct, with a single bulla. Hindwing vein M+Cu distinctly arched; vein 2-1A absent or very short. First metasomal tergite without glymma, often with longitudinal wrinkles, spiracle near its mid-length. Thyridium small; gastrocoeli absent. Ovipositor at least 0.6× as long as hind tibia; ovipositor sheath flexible (Santos, 2017).


Santos BF. 2017. Phylogeny and reclassification of Cryptini (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Cryptinae), with implications for ichneumonid higher-level classification. Systematic Entomology. doi:10.1111/syen.12238

Santos BF, Alvarado M, Sääksjärvi IE, van Noort S, Villemant C & Brady SG. 2018. Molecular phylogeny of Ateleutinae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae): systematics and biogeography of a widespread parasitoid wasp lineage. Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society zly072 https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zly072


Photographs © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa). Banner image © Vida van der Walt.

Acaenitinae; Anomaloninae; Banchinae; Brachycyrtinae; Sisyrostolinae; Campopleginae; Cremastinae; Cryptinae; Ctenopelmatinae; Diplazontinae; Eucerotinae; Ichneumoninae; Lycorininae; Mesochorinae; Metopiinae; Ophioninae; Orthocentrinae; Pimplinae; Rhyssinae; Tersilochinae; Tryphoninae; Xoridinae

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2021. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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