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Zatypota inexpectata (Seyrig)

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

Polysphincta inexpectata Seyrig, 1932. Holotype in Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris (MNHN). Type locality: Madagascar.

Female Holotype (MNHN). Photographs © Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris (MNHN).

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


Female Holotype (MNHN). Photographs © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa), taken with a hand-held Nikon FE2, 35 mm slide film and 105 mm macro lens in 2003.


Non-type. Photographs © Oleksandr Varga.


Madagascar, Reunion.


Host: unknown.


Zatypota inexpectata is a small pimpline with strong color variation and sexual dimorphism. Face and clypeus pale yellow to yellow in males (females black with two yellow spots below toruli); pronotum yellow in male (black in females); mesoscutum pale yellow to yellow with three pale orange to dark brown longitudinal stripes on lateral and median lobes, the central one often less distinct than both lateral stripes; metasomal tergite I orange to black; hind tibia yellow with apex infuscate to totally fuscous; meso- and metapleuron testaceous to dark brown; all coxae whitish in males (yellow in females, hind coxa black in type female); tergites II-IV orange to testaceous with the central impression showing the same variation though both variations are not concomitant, the last tergites testaceous to dark brown with apex yellow (Rousse & Villemant, 2012).


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), or photographs © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa), or © Oleksandr Varga.

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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