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Allotropa Förster

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

Allotropa Förster, 1856. Type species:

ClassificationIdentification keys

  Allotropa canopyana Buhl, 2011 (Tanzania)

Allotropa delottococci Buhl, 2019 (South Africa. Introduced Spain)

  Allotropa fusca Buhl, 2011 (Tanzania)

Allotropa kamurovi Annecke & Prinsloo, 1977 (South Africa)


Allotropa loundsburyi Ashmead, 1901 (South Africa)


Allotropa magnini Risbec, 1955 (Ivory Coast)


Allotropa pauliana Risbec, 1955 (Madagascar)


Ivory Coast, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania. Introduced Spain.


Parasitoids of mealybugs: Delottococcus aberiae (De Lotto) (Buhl, 2019); Pseudococcus njalensis Laing., Pseudococcus bingervillensis Magnin (Risbec, 1955); Planococcus citri (Risso) (Annecke & Prinsloo, 1977) (Pseudococcidae, Hemiptera).


Annecke, D.P. & Prinsloo, G.L. 1977. A new species of Allotropa Foerster (Hymenoptera:
Platygasteridae) parasitic in the citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri (Risso) (Homoptera:
Pseudococcidae), in South Africa. Journal of the Entomological Society of South Africa 40: 105–

Ashmead WH. 1901. Three new parasitic Hymenoptera from South Africa. The Canadian
33: 138–139.

Buhl PN. 2011. Species of Platygastrinae and Sceliotrachelinae from rainforest canopies in Tanzania, with keys to the Afrotropical species of Amblyaspis, Inostemma, Leptacis, Platygaster and Synopeas (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 154(1): 75-126. https://doi.org/10.1163/22119434-900000309

Buhl P. 2019. A new species of Allotropa Förster (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae), parasitoid of Delottococcus aberiae (De Lotto) (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) in South Africa. Entomologist's Monthly Magazine 155: 59-64. https://doi.org/10.31184/M00138908.1551.3957

Martínez Blay V. 2018. Biology and management, by application of classical biological control, of the invasive mealybug Delotoccoccus aberiae (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) in citrus orchards in Spain. PhD dissertation, Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Masner L. & Huggert, L. 1989. World review and keys to genera of the subfamily Inostemmatinae with reassignment of the taxa to the Platygastrinae and Sceliotrachelinae (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae). Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada, 147: 1-214.

Risbec, J. 1955. Platygasterinae de Madagascar (Hym. Proctotrupidae). Bulletin de la Société
Zoologique de France
80: 109–118.

Risbec, J. 1955. Les parasites de Pseudococcus njalensis Laing. et de Pseudococcus bingervillensis Magnin. L’Agronomie Tropicale 10: 231–237.

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


Photographs © Peter Buhl (Sakskřbing, Denmark).

Map illustration © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2024. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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