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Afrotropical Pseudophotopsidinae

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


Pseudophotopsis André, 1896


Afrotropical, Oriental and Palearctic regions.


Globally 30 species in a single genus (Brothers & Finnamore, 1993).


Unknown, most species are nocturnal or crepuscular. Pronounced sexual dimorphism.


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

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: 1–79.

Lelej, A.S. & van Harten, A. 2006. A review of the Mutillidae (Hymenoptera) of Yemen. Zootaxa 1226: 1-50.

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.

Nonveiller, G. 1974. Recherches sur les Mutillidés de l’Afrique Hymenoptera, Mutillidae. V. Description du mâle encore inconnu de Pseudophotopsis continua F. seul représentant du genre en Afrique occidentale. Annales de la Faculté des Sciences du Cameroun 18: 95–108.


Photographs © 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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