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Platygastroidea keys

Keys to platygastroid wasps of the world

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

Classification of PlatygastridaeClassification of Scelionidae

Identification keys are presented in two different formats: traditional dichotomous keys where a choice needs to be made at each key couplet to continue - also presented as an interactive Lucid pathway (dichotomous) key; and Lucid matrix keys where relevant states from multiple character features can be selected independently until identification is achieved. For more information concerning Lucid keys visit www.lucidcentral.org.

NIXONIIDAE

Nixonia

 

Key to species of Nixonia

Standard Dichotomous key

 

Lucid Matrix key


PLATYGASTRIDAE

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Sceliotrachelinae

 

Key to genera of Afrotropical Sceliotrachelinae

Standard Dichotomous key

Lucid pathway key

(interactive dichotomous key)

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Afrisolia

 

Key to species of Afrisolia

Standard Dichotomous key

 

 

Parabaeus_armadillus_female_habitus_lateral

Parabaeus

 

Key to Old World species of Parabaeus

Standard Dichotomous key

 

 

Pulchrisolia

 

Key to species of Pulchrisolia

Standard Dichotomous key

   

Sceliotrachelus

 

Key to species of Sceliotrachelus

Standard Dichotomous key

 

 


SCELIONIDAE

Heptascelio

 

Key to FEMALES of World species of Heptascelio

 

Lucid pathway key

(interactive dichotomous key)

 

Heptascelio

 

Key to MALES of World species of Heptascelio

 

Lucid pathway key

(interactive dichotomous key)

 
Oreiscelio

Key to FEMALES of World species of Oreiscelio

 

Lucid pathway key

(interactive dichotomous key)

 
Oreiscelio

Key to MALES of World species of Oreiscelio

 

Lucid pathway key

(interactive dichotomous key)

 

Platyscelio

 

Key to World species of Platyscelio

Standard Dichotomous key

 

 

Scelio

Key to Afrotropical Scelio species-groups

Standard Dichotomous key

   

Key to Afrotropical species in the Scelio ernstii species-group

Standard Dichotomous key

 

Lucid Matrix key

Key to Afrotropical species in the Scelio howardi species-group

Standard Dichotomous key

 

Lucid Matrix key

Key to Afrotropical species in the Scelio ipomea species-group

Standard Dichotomous key

 

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Key to Afrotropical species in the Scelio irwini species-group

Standard Dichotomous key

 

Lucid Matrix key

Key to World species in the Scelio pulchripennis species-group

Standard Dichotomous key

 

Lucid Matrix key

Key to Afrotropical species in the Scelio simoni species-group

Standard Dichotomous key

 

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Key to Afrotropical species in the Scelio walkeri species-group

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Lucid Matrix key


References

Chen H-Y, Lahey Z, Talamas EJ, Valerio AA,  Popovici OA, Musetti L, Klompen H, Polaszek A, Masner L, Austin AD, Johnson NF. 2021. An integrated phylogenetic reassessment of the parasitoid superfamily Platygastroidea (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupomorpha) results in a revised familial classification. Systematic Entomology 46(4): 1088-1113.

https://doi.org/10.1111/syen.12511

Johnson, N.F. & Masner, L. 2006. Revision of world species of the genus Nixonia Masner (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea, Scelionidae). American Museum Novitates 3518: 1-32.

Johnson, N. F., Masner, L., Musetti, L., van Noort, S., Rajmohana K., Darling, D.C., Guidotti, A., Polaszek, A. 2008. Revision of world species of the genus Heptascelio Kieffer (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea, Platygastridae). Zootaxa 1776: 1-51.

Masner, L. 1976. Revisionary notes and keys to world genera of Scelionidae (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupoidea). Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada 97: 1-87.

Taekul, C., Johnson, N.F., Masner, L., Polaszek, A., Rajmohana, K. 2010. World species of the genus Platyscelio Kieffer (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae) ZooKeys 50: 97–126.

Talamas, E.J., Johnson, N.F., van Noort, S., Masner, L., Polaszek, A. 2009. Revision of world species of the genus Oreiscelio Kieffer (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea, Platygastridae) Zookeys 6: 1-68.

van Noort, S. 2008. South African survey reveals further Nixonia gems. Skaphion 2(13): 1-3.

van Noort, S. & Johnson, N. 2009. New species of the plesiomorphic genus Nixonia (Platygastridae, Hymenoptera) from South Africa. Zookeys 20: 31-51.

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: 115–222. https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.87.73770

Yoder, M., Valerio, A., Polaszek, A., Masner, L., Johnson, N. 2009. Revision of Scelio pulchripennis-group species (Hymenoptera, Platygastroidea, Platygastridae). ZooKeys 20: 53-118. (doi: 10.3897/zookeys.20.205).

Credits

Keys produced by Simon van Noort under the auspices of the PBI Platygastroidea project (National Science Foundation grant No. DEB–0614764 awarded to to N.F. Johnson and A.D. Austin).

Photographs included in the keys either © PBI Platygastroidea project or © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).


Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)

 

Citation: van Noort, S. 2022. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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