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Dicamptus Szépligeti

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

Dicamptus Szépligeti 1905. Type species: Dicamptus giganteus Szépligeti 1905 & Viereck, 1914.

ClassificationIdentification keys


Dicamptus banqui Delobel, 1976

Dicamptus bantu Delobel, 1976


Dicamptus braunsii (Kriechbaumer, 1894)


Dicamptus betsileo Delobel, 1976


Dicamptus crassellus (Morley, 1917)


Dicamptus kelnerae Delobel, 1976

Dicamptus maxipol Rousse & van Noort, 2014

Dicamptus neavei Gauld & Mitchell, 1978


Dicamptus pellucides (Kriechbaumer, 1894)


Dicamptus pulchellus (Morley, 1912)


Dicamptus seyrigi Delobel, 1976


Dicamptus tampus Gauld & Mitchell, 1978


Dicamptus townesi Delobel, 1976


Dicamptus xhosa Delobel, 1976



Afrotropical region: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Indo-Australian region: China, India, Indonesia, Japan.


Hosts: Dendrolimus punctatus (Lasiocampidae), Dendrolimus spectabilis (Lasiocampidae), Eupterote sp. (Eupterotidae).


Gauld, I.D. & Mitchell, P.A. 1978. The taxonomy, distribution and host preferences of African parasitic wasps of the subfamily Ophioninae (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae). Commonwealth Institute of Entomology, Slough, England, 287 pp.

Morley, C. 1912. A revision of the Ichneumonidae based on the collection in the British Museum (Natural History) with descriptions of new genera and species Part I. Tribes Ophionides and Metopiides. British Museum, London. 88 pp.

Rousse, P. & van Noort, S. 2014. Afrotropical Ophioninae (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae): an update of Gauld & Mitchell's revision, including two new species and an interactive matrix identification key. ZooKeys 456: 59–73. doi:10.3897/zookeys.456.8140

Szépligeti, G. 1905. Hymenoptera. Ichneumonidae (Gruppe Ophionoidea), subfam. Pharsaliinae-Porizontinae. Genera Insectorum 34: 1-68.


Photographs © 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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