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Temelucha basiornata (Cameron)

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

Androna basiornata Cameron, 1911. Holotype: in Natural History Museum, London (BMNH). Type locality: Pretoria (South Africa).

HOLOTYPE (South Africa)
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Madagascan specimen (MNHN)

Distribution

Ghana, Madagascar (Antsiranana, Toamasina, Fianarantsoa and Antananarivo provinces), Reunion, South Africa.

Biology

Host: unidentified rice stem borer, probably Diopsis sp. (Diptera: Diopsidae) (Zwart 1998).

Diagnosis

Temelucha basiornata lacks obvious structural characters to differentiate it from other Temelucha species in Madagascar. However, it can be easily distinguished by the coloration of the metasoma, all tergites being reddish orange with a median blackish marking of variable size (Rousse et al., 2011).

References

Cameron, P. 1911. On the parasitic Hymenoptera collected by Mr. A.J.T. Janse, Transvaal. Annals of the Transvaal Museum 2:173-217.

Rousse, P. & Villemant, C. 2012. Ichneumons in Reunion Island: a catalogue of the local Ichneumonidae (Hymenoptera) species, including 15 new taxa and a key to species. Zootaxa 3278: 1–57.

Rousse, P., Villemant, C. & Seyrig, A. 2011. Ichneumonid wasps from Madagascar. 5. Ichneumonidae Cremastinae. Zootaxa, 3118, 1-30.

Zwart, K.W.R. 1998. Ichneumonidae. In A. Polaszek (ed.) African cereal stem borers: economic importance, taxonomy, natural enemies and control. CAB International, New York, USA, pp. 205–258.

Credits

Photographs of holotype © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa). Photographs of Madagascan specimen 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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