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Temelucha labusi Rousse & Villemant, 2012

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

Temelucha labusi Rousse & Villemant, 2012. Holotype: in Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris (MNHN). Type locality: Réunion, St Paul /Tan Rouge, alt. 800m.

Distribution

Reunion.

Biology

Host unknown.

Diagnosis

Small dark species characterized by its saber-shaped ovipositor that is flat, decurved and subapically slightly enlarged (Rousse et al. 2012).

Etymology

A reference to the famous pirate Labuse, hanged in Reunion in 1730 and whose treasure is still the local Grail.

References

Gauld, I.D. 1980. Notes on an economically important species of Temelucha Forster (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) and a preliminary key to Australian species. Bulletin of Entomological Research. 70, 43–47.

Morley, C. 1913. The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma, Hymenoptera, Vol.3. Ichneumonidae. London, British Museum. 531pp.

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.

Credits

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

 

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