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Amitus Haldeman

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

Amitus Haldeman, 1850. Type species: Amitus aleurodinis Haldeman, 1850, by monotypy.

Zacrita Förster, 1878: 46. Type species: Zacrita longicornis Förster, by monotypy and original designation. Synonymized by Ashmead, 1893.
Elaptus Forbes, 1885: 110. Type species: Elaptus aleurodis Forbes, by monotypy. Error for Alaptus Westwood. Synonymized implicitly by Ashmead, 1893.
Passalida Brèthes, 1914: 2. Type species: Passalida spinifera Brèthes, by monotypy and original designation. Synonymized by De Santis, 1941.

ClassificationIdentification keys

Amitus hesperidum Silvestri, 1927 (Oriental, but introduced to many parts of the world)

Amitus species (Kenya)

Amitus species (Madagascar)


Afrotropical: Kenya, Madagascar. Cosmopolitan, excluding Antarctica and New Zealand.


Solitary and gregarious endoparasitoids of whiteflies (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Aleyrodidae).

Parasitoid of the citrus blackfly, Aleurocanthus woglumi, a pest of citrus trees. Native to Asia, but has been introduced to many other parts of the world as a biocontrol agent.


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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


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