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of the Afrotropical Region

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

Orthocentrinae Förster, 1869. Type genus: Orthocentrus Gravenhorst, 1829.


Aperileptus Förster, 1869


Catastenus Förster, 1869


Chilocyrtus Townes, 1971

  Gnathochorisis Förster, 1869

Megastylus Schiřdte, 1838

Orthocentrus Gravenhorst, 1829

Pantisarthrus Förster, 1871

Plectiscidea Viereck, 1914


Plectiscus Gravenhorst, 1829

Proclitus Förster, 1869

Stenomacrus Förster, 1869

Symplecis Förster, 1869

Tariqia Rousse & Villemant, 2012




Koinobiont endoparasitoids of Mycetophilidae and Sciaridae (Diptera). They comprise 29 genera and about 460 species worldwide.


 About 460 species in 29 genera.


Clypeus usually small and convex, sometimes not separated by a groove and forming with face a large and convex area. Mandible slender, thin and blade-like, appearing unidented, malar space often long and with subocular sulcus. Metasomal tergite I with spiracle usually near or in front of middle, ovipositor short to very long.


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

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

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

Varga, O. 2021. First record of the genus Gnathochorisis Förster, 1869 (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Orthocentrinae) from the Afrotropical region, with descriptions of two new species from Kenya. Zootaxa 5052: 441–446. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5052.3.9


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

Photographs © Olexsandra Varga (Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology).

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

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2023. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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