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Dentilla Lelej in Lelej & Kabakov

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Vespoidea; Family: Mutillidae; Subfamily: Mutillinae)

Dentilla Lelej in Lelej & Kabakov, 1980


Dentilla arabica (Hammer, 1962) (Yemen)


Dentilla ehrenbergi Lelej, in Lelej & van Harten, 2006 (Saudi Arabia, Yemen)

Dentilla purcharti Lo Cascio, Romana & Grita, 2012 (Yemen - Socotra island)
Dentilla socotrana Lo Cascio, Romana & Grita, 2012 (Yemen - Socotra island)

Dentilla testacea (Klug 1829) (Saudi Arabia, Yemen)


Afrotropical, Oriental and Palaearctic regions (probable centre of speciation lies between the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean (Lelej, 2002; 2005) extending to the Oriental region (western India) and the southern Arabian Peninsula (Arabia, Yemen, Oman and UAE) (Lelej & van Harten, 2006; 2010; 2011; Lo Cascio, Romana & Grita, 2012).


Nocturnal or crepuscular.


Lelej A. S. 2002. Catalogue of the Mutillidae (Hymenoptera) of the Palaearctic region. Dalnauka, Vladivostok, 171 pp.

Lelej A. S. 2005. Catalogue of the Mutillidae (Hymenoptera) of the Oriental region. Dalnauka, Vladivostok, 250pp.

Lelej A. S. & Brothers D. J. 2008. The genus-group names of Mutillidae (Hymenoptera) and their type species, with a new genus, new name, new synonymies, new combinations and lectotypifications. Zootaxa 1889: 179.

Lelej A. S. & van Harten A. 2006. A review of the Mutillidae (Hymenoptera) of Yemen. Zootaxa 1226: 150.

Lelej A. S. & van Harten A. 2010. Order Hymenoptera, Family Mutillidae. Subfamilies Ticoplinae and Dasylabrinae.Pp. 468479. In: van Harten A. (ed.): Arthropod Fauna of the UAE. Volume 3. Multiply Marketing Consultancy Services, Abu Dhabi, 700 pp.

Lelej A. S. & van Harten A. 2011. Mutillidae (Hymenoptera) of the United Arab Emirates. Part 2. Genus Dentilla Lelej. Russian Entomological Journal 20: 299302.

Lo Cascio, P., Romano, M. & Grita, F. 2012. New species and new records of mutillid wasps from the Socotra Archipelago (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 52: 525-544.


Photographs Marcello Romano (Piazza A. Cataldo 10, 90040 Capaci (PA), Italy).

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2021. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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