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Key to species of Sceliotrachelus

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera;  Superfamily: Platygastroidea; Family: Platygastridae; Subfamily: Sceliotrachelinae)

ClassificationIdentification keys


1. Pronotum and occiput glabrous (A); occipital pit present (A); acetabular carina (ac) and mesopleural epicoxal sulci (mes) not converging, fore and mesocoxae separated by more than one fore coxal width (B); fore wing of normal shape, twice as long as wide (C) Sceliotrachelus karooensis van Noort

- Pronotum and occiput setose (a); occipital pit absent (a); acetabular carina (ac) and mesopleural epicoxal sulci (mes) converging, fore and mesocoxae separated by less than one fore coxal width (b); fore wing narrow and elongate, at least 3x longer than wide, anterior and posterior margins subparallel (c) 2
 


2. Genal and pronotal rugae present (A); mesoscutellum compressed, narrow, 2.5x wider than long (B); mesoscutellar disc medially with broad, shallow, longitudinal excavation, axillar carinae weakly raised (B); costal margin of hind wing with thick band of black sclerotization that runs nearly the entire length of the wing (B); fore wing extending beyond posterior margin of T2 Sceliotrachelus braunsi Brues

- Genal and pronotal rugae absent (a); mesoscutellum broader, twice as wide as long (a); mesoscutellar disc square, medially and longitudinally evenly raised into a hump, laterally defined by strongly raised longitudinal axillar carinae (b); costal margin of hind wing not sclerotized; fore wing not reaching posterior margin of T2 (c) Sceliotrachelus midgleyi van Noort
 


References

van Noort S, Lahey Z, Talamas EJ, Austin AD, Masner L, Polaszek A, Johnson NF 2021. Review of Afrotropical sceliotracheline parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae). In: Lahey Z, Talamas E (Eds) Advances in the Systematics of Platygastroidea III. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 87: 115222. https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.87.73770

Credits

Key developed by Simon van Noort. Photographs included in the key Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa), or Zachary Lahey (OSUC), or Andrew Polaszek (NHMUK)


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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