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Pristomerus caris Fitton

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

Pristomerus caris Fitton, 1994. Holotype: in Natural History Museum, London (BNMH). Type localityLac Alaotra, Cala Station, 17°42’ S, 48°28’ E (Madagascar).

Holotype female (BMNH)

Non-type specimen (MNHN)




Host: Maliarpha separatella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) (Polaszek et al. 1994).


Moderately sized species; face ivory white, more or less dark maculated medially; head white and black, mesosoma and metasoma brownish orange with tergites 1–3 blackish brown, mesosoma sometimes with black spots dorsally; face sparsely punctate, clypeus smooth and transverse; mesoscutum densely punctate-granulate, scutellum finely and sparsely punctate; area superomedia 1.9–2.7 x longer than wide; female femoral tooth absent; ovipositor moderately long, apically sinuate; POL 0.7; OOL 1.1; CT 1.8; ML 0.5; OT 1.5–1.7; FFT 0 (Rousse et al. 2013).


Polaszek, A., Fitton, M.G., Bianchi, G. and Huddleston, T. 1994. The parasitoids of the African white rice borer, Maliarpha separatella Ragonot (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Bulletin of Entomological Research 84: 65-90.

Rousse, P. & van Noort, S. 2015. Revision of the Afrotropical species of Pristomerus (Ichneumonidae: Cremastinae), with description of 31 new species. European Journal of Taxonomy 124: 1-129. http://dx.doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2015.124

Rousse, P., Villemant, C. & Seyrig, A. 2013. Ichneumonid wasps from Madagascar. VI. The genus Pristomerus (Hymenopetra: Ichneumonidae: Cremastinae). European Journal of Taxonomy 49: 1-38. http://dx.doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2013.49


Photographs by Pascal Rousse © Iziko Museums of South Africa or by Agničle Touret-Alby © MNHN (specimens database http://coldb.mnhn.fr). Map illustration © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).
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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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