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Aethianoplis excavata (Roman)

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

Hoplojoppa excavata Roman, 1910. Holotype in Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet, Stockholm. Type locality:  

Xanthojoppa inermis Morley, 1917 ♂ Lectotype in London (NHMUK). Type locality: South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Mfongosi. Synonymy by Broad (2021). Junior homonym of Xanthojoppa inermis Morley, 1916 (now Seyrighoplites inermis (Morley, 1916).


Xanthojoppa inermis Morley, 1917 lectotype male (NHMUK010635181): (a) lateral habitus, labels inset, scale bar
= 5mm; (b) dorsal habitus; (c) detail of posterior of mesosoma and anterior of metasoma, dorsal, showing curved carina around scutellum and thyridia (on second metasomal tergite) separated by about a thyridium width (Broad, 2021).


Aethianoplis excavata (Roman, 1910) female (NHMUK010635211) (above) with host nymphalid butterfly (Precis octavia sesamus (Trimen)) pupa (below), labels inset; scale bars = 5 mm (Broad, 2021).


Distribution

Aethianoplis excavata_map

Angola, Cameroon,  Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda.

Biology

Reared in Uganda from Precis octavia sesamus (Trimen) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) (Broad, 2021).

References

Broad GR. 2021. Taxonomic changes in Ichneumonoidea (Hymenoptera), and notes on certain type specimens. Zootaxa 4941: 511541. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4941.4.3

Roman, A. 1910. Notizen zur Schlupfwespensammlung des schwedischen Reichsmuseums. Entomologisk Tidskrift. 31:109-196.

Credits

Photographs Gavin Broad (NHMUK).

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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