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Afrotropical Ticoplinae

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





Afrotropical, Oriental and Palearctic regions.


Globally 100 species in 3 genera (Brothers & Finnamore, 1993).


Ectoparasitoids of larvae or pupa of other insects. Sexual dimorphism ranges from extreme to slight (Brothers & Finnamore, 1993).


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

Mitchell, A. & Brothers, D.J. 1998. Revision and cladistic analysis of the Afrotropical genus Areotilla Bischoff (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae, Ticoplinae). African Entomology 6: 193–214.

Mitchell, A. & Brothers, D.J. 2002. Phylogeny of the genera of Ticoplinae (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 11: 312–325.

Nonveiller, G. 1973. Recherches sur les Mutillides de l’Afrique (Mutillidae, Hymenoptera). III. Remarques concernant le genre Nanomutilla André, 1899. Annales de la Faculté des Sciences au Cameroun 15-16: 63-73.


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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