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Afrotropical Mutillinae

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

Classification

Ctenotillini Brothers & Lelej, 2017

Mutillini Latreille, 1802

Smicromyrmini Bischoff, 1920
Trogaspidiini Bischoff, 1920

Distribution

Worldwide (richest in the Old World, except for Australia, which has few species).

Diversity

Globally 1800 species in about 40 genera (Brothers & Finnamore, 1993).

Biology

Ectoparasitoids of larvae or pupa of other insects. Diurnal except for a few nocturnal or crepuscular desert species. Pronounced sexual dimorphism is evident (Brothers & Finnamore, 1993).

References

Brothers, D.J. & Finnamore A.T. 1993. Superfamily Vespoidea pp. 161-278.. In GOULET, H. & HUBER, J. eds.. Hymenoptera of the World: an identification guide to families. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 668 pp.

Brothers DJ, Lelej AS 2017. Phylogeny and higher classification of Mutillidae (Hymenoptera) based on morphological reanalyses. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 60: 1-97. https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.60.20091

Péringuey, L. 1899. Description of twelve new species of the genus Mutilla (order Hymenoptera) in the South African Museum. Annals of the South African Museum 1: 439-451.

Credits

Photographs © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa) or © Denis Brothers (University of Kwazulu-Natal).


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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