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Classification

Mesochorinae

of the Afrotropical Region

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

Mesochorinae Förster 1869. Type genus: Mesochorus Gravenhorst,1829.

 

Artherola Wahl,1993

 

Cidaphus Förster,1869

Mesochorus_nox_HOLOTYPE

Mesochorus Gravenhorst,1829

 

Stictopisthus Thomson,1886

Distribution

Worldwide.

Biology

Koinobiont hyperparasitoids of Ichneumonoidea or Tachinidae.

Diversity

880 species in 13 genera worldwide (Yu et al., 2011).

Diagnosis

Clypeus usually not separated from face. Fore wing with areolet large and diamond-shaped. Metasomal tergite I slender, with glymma large and deep and with spiracles near or at middle. Ovipositor needle-like without dorsal notch, male gonoforceps extended into a highly characteristic long and narrow rod.

References

Förster, A. 1869. Synopsis der Familien und Gattungen der Ichneumonen. Verhandlungen des Naturhistorischen Vereins der Preussischen Rheinlande und Westfalens 25: 135-221.

Fitton, M.G. and Gauld, I.D. 1976. The family-group names of the Ichneumonidae (excluding Ichneumoninae) (Hymenoptera). Systematic Entomology. 1:247-258.

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.

Yu D.S., van Achterberg, K., Horstmann, K. 2011. World Ichneumonoidea 2011. Taxonomy, biology, morphology and distribution. Available from Vancouver, Canada: Taxapad. www.taxapad.com

Credits

Photographs © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums) or by Agničle Touret-Alby © MNHN (specimens database http://coldb.mnhn.fr).

Acaenitinae; Anomaloninae; Banchinae; Brachycyrtinae; Sisyrostolinae; Campopleginae; Cremastinae; Cryptinae; Ctenopelmatinae; Diplazontinae; Eucerotinae; Ichneumoninae; Lycorininae; Mesochorinae; Metopiinae; Ophioninae; Orthocentrinae; Pimplinae; Rhyssinae; Tersilochinae; Tryphoninae; Xoridinae

 


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