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Xanthophenax Saussure

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

Xanthophenax Saussure, 1892. Type species: Xanthophenax fraudator Saussure, 1892.

  Xanthophenax aberrator Seyrig, 1932

Xanthophenax alluaudi Seyrig, 1932

  Xanthophenax annulicornis (Seyrig, 1935)

Xanthophenax antennatus Benoit, 1953

Xanthophenax antinorii (Gribodo, 1879)

Xanthophenax apicalis Benoit, 1953

  Xanthophenax bredoi Benoit, 1953

Xanthophenax cancanensis Pisica, 1984

Xanthophenax concolor concolor (Brullé, 1846)

  Xanthophenax concolor vitellina(Tosquinet, 1896)

Xanthophenax defector Seyrig, 1932

Xanthophenax depressor Seyrig, 1932


Xanthophenax dissimulator Seyrig, 1932


Xanthophenax diversipes (Tosquinet, 1896)


Xanthophenax elongatulus (Morley, 1914)


Xanthophenax fraudator Saussure, 1892


Xanthophenax infumatus Benoit, 1953


Xanthophenax jeanneli (Seyrig, 1935)


Xanthophenax liberator Seyrig, 1932


Xanthophenax maynei Benoit, 1953


Xanthophenax microspilus (Cameron, 1910)

Xanthophenax pacificator Seyrig, 1932


Xanthophenax pectoralis (Brullé, 1846)


Xanthophenax pimploides (Szépligeti, 1908)


Xanthophenax productus (Tosquinet, 1896)


Xanthophenax pseudoptera (Morley, 1914)


Xanthophenax pulchripennis (Szépligeti, 1908)


Xanthophenax pusillus (Benoit, 1953)


Xanthophenax pygmaeus Benoit, 1953


Xanthophenax reductor (Seyrig, 1932)


Xanthophenax roborator (Benoit, 1964)


Xanthophenax ruber Benoit, 1953


Xanthophenax rubrithorax (Morley, 1914)


Xanthophenax ruficollis (Cameron, 1912)

Xanthophenax rufus (Cameron, 1906)

  Xanthophenax shawi Cameron, 1904)
  Xanthophenax terebratus (Morley, 1917)

Xanthophenax tuberatus (Tosquinet, 1896)

Xanthophenax umbraticulus (Morley, 1914)


Xanthophenax verticalis (Morley, 1914)

Xanthophenax violaceus (Kriechbaumer, 1890)

Xanthophenax xanthomelas (Brullé, 1846)


Xanthophenax xanthopteros Benoit, 1953



Burundi, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Reunion, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda.


Host: Hypsipyla scabruscelella (Pyralidae).


Cameron, P. 1906. Descriptions of new species of parasitic Hymenoptera chiefly in the collection of the South African Museum, Cape Town. Annals of the South African Museum 5:17-186.

Kriechbaumer, J. 1890. Ichneumoniden-Studien. Neue Ichneumoniden des Wiener Museums. II. Annalen des Naturhistorischen Hofmuseums Wien. 5: 479-491.

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.

Saussure, H. de. 1892. Hymenopteres. In: Grandidier A. "Histoire physique naturelle et politique de Madagascar. 20." Paris. 590 pp.  

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

Viereck, H.L. 1914. Type species of the genera of Ichneumon flies. United States National Museum Bulletin 83: 1-186.


Photographs © Simon van Noort or Aisha Mayekiso (Iziko Museums) or by Agničle Touret-Alby © MNHN (specimens database http://coldb.mnhn.fr).

Next genus: Xanthopimpla

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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