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Enicospilus scenescens (Tosquinet)

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

Ophion scenescens Tosquinet, 189: 375. Lectotype male in Zoologisches Museum, Berlin (MNHU), designated by Townes & Townes (1973: 183). Type locality: ?Togo.

Ophion (Allocamptus) infuscatus Tosquinet, 1896: 373. Holotype male in Zoologisches Museum, Berlin (MNHU), designated by Townes & Townes (1973: 183). Type locality: Ghana. Junior primary homonym of Ophion infuscatus Taschenberg, 1875. Synonymy by Gauld & Mitchell, 1978.

Allocamptus rapax Seyrig, 1935: 50. Lectotype female in Paris (MNHN), designated by Townes & Townes 1973 184. Type locality: Ethiopia. Synonymy by Townes & Townes, 1973: 184.


Saudi Arabia. Photographs © Hathal M. Al Dhafer (King Saud University, Riyadh).



Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe.


Host: Anomis leona (Noctuidae).


BOLD Identification Number - ADB5118.


Gadallah N.S., Soliman A.M., Rousse P. & Al Dhafer H.M. 2017. The genus Enicospilus Stephens, 1835 (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Ophioninae) in Saudi Arabia, with twelve new species records and the description of five new species. European Journal of Taxonomy 365: 1–69. https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2017.365

Gauld, I.D. and Mitchell, P.A. 1978. The taxonomy, Distribution and host preferences of African parasitic wasps of the subfamily Ophioninae. CAB:Slough. Commonwealth Institute of Entomology, London. 287pp.

Seyrig, A. 1935. Mission scientifique de l'Omo. Tome III. Fascicule 18. Hymenoptera, II. Ichneumonidae: Cryptinae, Pimplinae, Tryphoninae et Ophioninae. Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris (MNHN). 4:1-100.

Tosquinet, J. 1896. Contributions à la faune entomologique de l'Afrique. Ichneumonides. Mémoires de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 5: 1-430.


Photographs © Hathal M. Al Dhafer (King Saud University, Riyadh).

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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