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of the Afrotropical Region

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

Tersilochinae Schmiedeknecht, 1910. Type genus: Tersilochus Holmgren, 1859.

Allophrys Förster, 1869

Aneuclis Förster, 1869

Diaparsis Förster, 1869

Heterocola Förster, 1869

Meggoleus Townes, 1971

Phradis Förster, 1869

Probles Förster, 1869


Sathropterus Förster, 1869

Tersilochus Holmgren, 1859



Biology Koinobiont endoparasitoids of Coleoptera (Curculionidae and Chrysomelidae) larvae, more rarely Symphyta larvae (hosts of one genus).
Diversity  222 species in twenty genera.
Diagnosis Clypeus wide, separated from face by a groove, the apical margin with a fringe of long parallel setae. Mesopleuron with foveate groove extending from about mid height to metacoxa. Fore wing with areolet minute and open, pterostigma large and triangular. Metasoma laterally compressed. Metasomal tergite I slender, spiracle near apex. Ovipositor upcurved, short to very long, with dorsal subapical notch.


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.

Horstmann, K. 1971. Revision der europäischen Tersilochinen 1 (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae). Veröffentlichungen der Zoologischen Staatssammlung (München). 15:47-138. 

Khalaim, A. 2007. First records of Meggoleus, Heterocola and Phradis (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Tersilochinae) from the Afrotropical region, with description of four new species. African Invertebrates 48: 101-110.

Khalaim, A.I. 2009. South African species of Aneuclis Förster, 1869 (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Tersilochinae). African Invertebrates 50: 123-136.

Khalaim, A.I. 2010. To the study of Afrotropical species of the genus Aneuclis Förster, 1869 (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Tersilochinae). Zoosytematica Rossica 19: 120–123.

Khalaim, A.I. 2013. Afrotropical species of Diaparsis Förster, 1869 (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Tersilochinae). African Invertebrates 54: 127–159. http://dx.doi.org/10.5733/afin.054.0104

Khalaim, A.I. 2013 Discovery of the South African fauna of Allophrys Förster (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Tersilochinae). Zootaxa 3701(30: 329–343.

Khalaim A.I. 2013. New data on the Afrotropical Tersilochinae (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae). Proceedings of the Russian Entomological Society. St. Petersburg. 84 (2): 129–136.

Khalaim, A.I. 2021. Diaparsis phobos sp. nov. and D. deimos sp. nov., two amazing new species of Tersilochinae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from Madagascar. Zootaxa 4985(1): 118–124. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4985.1.8

Khalaim AI, Sääksjärvi IE  & Roinine, H. 2014. Three new Afrotropical species of Tersilochinae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from the Kibale National Park, Uganda. Zootaxa 3794: 536–544. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3794.4.4

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.

Schmiedeknecht, O. 1910. Opuscula Ichneumonologica. IV. Band. (Fasc. XXIV-XXVI.) Ophioninae. Blankenburg in Thüringen. pp. 1841-2080.

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 Nadene Smith © Iziko Museums or by Agnièle Touret-Alby © MNHN (specimens database http://coldb.mnhn.fr) or © Andrey Khalaim (Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia).

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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