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Trathala orchestotrichias Rousse, Villemant & Seyrig

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

Trathala orchestotrichias Rousse, Villemant & Seyrig,  2011. Holotype: in Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris (MNHN). Type locality: Madagascar, Behara.

Distribution

Madagascar.

Biology

Host: unknown.

Diagnosis

Trathala orchestotrichias is characterized by its ventrally bilobed postpectal carina, and the rather dense silver pilosity covering the face, clypeus, mandible and dorsal part of the mesosoma  (Rousse et al., 2011).

Etymology

Refers to the pilose face and the tutu-like postpectal carina, from the Greek words “ορχεστη” and “ριχιασ” which could be literally translated into “bearded ballerina” (Rousse et al., 2011).

Reference

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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