HomeWasp classificationExpeditionsLinksFigWebBiodiversity ExplorerPermits

Rhopalosomatidae keys

Keys to rhopalosomatid wasps

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

ClassificationKeys home page

Identification keys are presented in two different formats: traditional dichotomous keys where a choice needs to be made at each key couplet to continue, and Lucid matrix keys where relevant states from multiple character features can be selected independently until identification is achieved. For more information concerning Lucid keys visit www.lucidcentral.org.

Key to Afrotropical genera and species of Rhopalosomatidae. Generated from Lohrmann, 2011; Lohrmann & Ohl, 2007 & Townes, 1977.

Standard Dichotomous key



Key to Australian species of Olixon. Generated from Krogmann et al., 2009.

Standard Dichotomous key



Krogmann, L., Austin, A.D. & Naumann, I.D. 2009. Systematics and biogeography of Australian rhopalosomatid wasps (Hymenoptera: Rhopalosomatidae) with a global synopsis of the enigmatic genus Olixon Cameron. Systematic Entomology 34: 222–251.

Lohrmann, V. 2011. A revision of the Paniscomima of the African Subregion with the description of two new species from Malawi and Tanzania (Hymenoptera, Rhopalosomatidae). Zoosyst. Evol. 87 (2): 371–378. DOI 10.1002/zoos.201100014.

Lohrmann, V. & Ohl, M. 2007. The wasp genus Olixon Cameron in Madagascar: first record and description of two new species (Hymenoptera: Rhopalosomatidae). Zootaxa 1465: 39-46.

Townes, H. 1977. A revision of the Rhopalosomatidae (Hymenoptera). Contributions of the Entomological Institute 15: 1-34.


Photographs included in the keys © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa) or © Volker Lohrmann (Museum für Naturkunde, Humboldt-Universität Berlin) or © Lars Krogmann (State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart).

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2023. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

Copyright 2004-2023 Iziko Museums of South Africa

customisable counter