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Itoplectis albipes Seyrig

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

Itoplectis albipes Seyrig 1932. Holotype: in Muséum National Naturelle, Paris. Type locality


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Madagascar, Reunion.


Host: unknown. Morphological studies indicate that I. albipes uses echolocation when foraging for hosts (Broad & Quicke 2000).


The acute indentation in front of the toruli is a characteristic of Itoplectis. The combination of its relatively small size and the median white band on black hind tibia distinguishes I. albipes from all Pimplinae reported in the Indian Ocean subregion (Rousse & Villemant, 2012).


Benoit (1957) described the subspecies evoluta based on color variation in the Malagasy population of this species. This variation is not regionally consistent and hence subspecies evoluta is currently treated as a synonym of the nominal species (Rousse & Villemant, 2012).


Broad, G. & Quicke, D.L.J. 2000. The adaptive significance of host locality by vibrational sounding in parasitoid wasps. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, 267, 2403–2409.

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.

Seyrig, A. 1932. Les Ichneumonides de Madagascar. I Ichneumonidae Pimplinae. Mémoires de l'Académie Malgache. Fascicule 11. 183pp.

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).
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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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