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Zambion Kasparyan

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

Zambion Kasparyan, 1993. Type species: Zambion monodon Kasparyan, 1993.

Identification keys

Zambion broadi Bennett & Barnes, 2011

Zambion hirtum Delobel, 1993

Zambion eileenae Bennett & Barnes, 2011

Zambion kasparyani Bennett & Barnes, 2011

Zambion monodon Kasparyan, 1993

Zambion rogeri Bennett & Barnes, 2011
Zambion wahli Bennett & Barnes, 2011


Angola, Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia.


Host unknown, but probably parasitoids of tenthredinid sawflies (Symphyta), based on the known host range of related genera e.g. Dyspetes Foerster and Otoblastus Foerster (Gupta 1983; Kasparyan 1973; Bennett & Barnes, 2011).


Bennett, A.M.R. 2002. Cladistics of the Tryphoninae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) with a

discussion of host use and the evolution of parasitism in the Ichneumonidae. PhD thesis, Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto, 366 pp

Bennett, A.M.R. & Barnes, D.I. 2011. Revision of the world species of Zambion (Hymenoptera,  Ichneumonidae, Tryphoninae). Zookeys 159: 19-48.

Delobel, A. 1993. Une nouvelle espéce afrotropicale de Tryphoninae: Zambion hirtum n. sp. (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France 98: 267-270.

Gupta, V.K.  1983. A review of the world species of Dyspetes (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae).  Contributions to the American Entomological Institute 20: 177-188.

Kasparyan, D.R.  1973. Fauna of the USSR Hymenoptera Vol.III Number 1. Ichneumonidae

(Subfamily Tryphoninae) Tribe Tryphonini.  Nauka Publishers, Leningrad. [Translated from

Russian. Amerind Publishing Co. Ltd., New Delhi, 1981. 414pp.]

Kasparyan, D.R. 1993. Zambion, a new Tryphonine genus from Africa (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). Zoosystematica Rossica 1(1992):86-88.


Photographs © Andrew Bennett & Diana Barnes.
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