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Aspicera Dahlbom

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Cynipoidea; Family: Figitidae; Subfamily: Aspicerinae)

Aspicera Dahlbom, 1842. Type species: 

Identification keys

Aspicera hartigi Dalla Torre, 1889
Aspicera species
  54 species in world (Buffington et al., 2020).


Afrotropical region: Kenya, Yemen. Also Holarctic and Oriental regions.


Parasitoids of larva of Syrphidae (Diptera). Where known, all aspicerines (including Melanips; Buffington et al., 2007) are parasitoids of Diptera that are predaceous on Aphididae (Ronquist, 1999; Buffington & van Noort, 2009; Ros-Farré & Pujade-Villar, 2011; Buffington et al.,  2012).


Benoit, P.L.G. 1956. Figitidae - Aspicerinae nouveaux du Congo Belge. Revue Zool. Bot. afr. 53: 195-204.

Cameron, P. 1904. Descriptions of new genera and species of Hymenoptera from Dunbrody, Cape Colony. Records of the Albany Museum 1: 125-160.

Buffington, M.L. & van Noort, S. 2009. A world revision of Anacharoides Cameron, 1904 (Hymenoptera: Figitidae) with a description of a new species. Zookeys 20: 245-274.

Buffington, M. L., S. Brady, S. Morita, and S. van Noort. 2012. Divergence estimates and early evolutionary history of Figitidae (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea). Systematic Entomology 37: 287–304.
Quinlan, J. 1979
. A revisionary classification of the Cynipoidea (Hymenoptera) of the Ethiopian Zoogeographical Region. Aspicerinae (Figitidae) and Oberthuerellinae (Liopteridae). Bulletin of the British Museum of Natural History (Entomology) 39: 85-133.

Ronquist, F. 1999. Phylogeny, classification and evolution of the Cynipoidea. Zoologica Scripta 28:139–164.

Ros-Farré, P, Pujade-Villar, J. 2011. Revision of the genus Omalaspis Giraud, 1860 (Hym.: Figitidae: Aspicerinae). Zootaxa 2917: 1–28.

Ros-Farré, P, Pujade-Villar, J. 2011. Revision of the genus Paraspicera Kieffer, 1907 (Hym: Figitidae: Aspicerinae). Zootaxa 2801: 48–56.

Ros-Farré, P., and J. Pujade-Villar. 2013. Revision of the genus Aspicera Dahlbom, 1842 (Hym.: Figitidae: Aspicerinae). Zootaxa 3606: 1–110.

Ros-Farré, P., F. Ronquist, and J. Pujade-Villar. 2000. Redescription of Acanthaegilips Ashmead, 1897, with characterization of the Anacharitinae and Aspiceratinae (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea: Figitidae). Zool. J. Linn. Soc-Lond. 129: 467–488.

van Noort, S, Buffington ML & Forshage, M. 2015. Afrotropical Cynipoidea (Hymenoptera). ZooKeys 493: 1-176. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.493.6353


Photographs and map illustration © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa), or photographs © Matt Buffington (USDA/ARS)

Matt Buffington (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA/ARS) and Mattias Forshage (Swedish Museum of Natural History) both played an integral role in the development of the Cynipoidea pages.


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