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Tariqia Rousse & Villemant

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

Tariqia Rousse & Villemant, 2012. Type species: Tariqia stellaris Rousse & Villemant, 2012.
Tariqia stellaris Rousse & Villemant, 2012


Afrotropical region: Reunion.


Host: unknown.


Tariqia is characterized by the combination of the twisted mandible, occipital carina very close to the fora-men magnum, mesoscutum with notaulus present basally as a deep punctuation bordered by a short vertical carina on its front side, tergite I fused with sternite, petiolar area of propodeum with a strong median longitudinal carina, areolet closed and petiolate, and long ovipositor.

This genus shares several characters (occipital carina very close to foramen magnum, temple very short, glymma absent, petiolar area with a strong median longitudinal carina) with Sphingozona Townes. However, it differs by its shorter antenna and maxillary palpus, mesoscutum with short and deep notauli bordered by a frontal carina, short and deep sternaulus, propodeum without deep anterior transverse groove, fore wing with an areolet and tergite I separated from the laterotergite by a crease. The shape of notauli and the absence of anterior transverse carina in propodeum relate Tariqia to some Plescidea species and the genus Aniseres; this last genus however has the sternite 1 free from the tergite and the tergite III with laterotergite separated by a crease, while in Plesticidea the laterotergites of second and third tergites are not separated by a crease (Rousse & Villemant, 2012).


Dedicated to Tariq Aït Lemkadem.


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


Photographs by Agnièle Touret-Alby © MNHN (specimens database http://coldb.mnhn.fr).

Next genus: Brachyscleroma (Sisyrostolinae)

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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