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Pycnostigmus fossilensis Buffington & van Noort

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

Genus: Pycnostigmus)

Pycnostigmus fossilensis Buffington & van Noort 2007. Holotype: in Iziko South African Museum. Type Locality: South Africa: West Coast Fossil Park.

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South Africa: Western Cape Province: West Coast Fossil Park; Langberg Farm; Koeberg Nature Reserve




Separated from P. mastersonae by head and mesosoma being non-metallic; separated from P. incognito and P. hoerikwaggoensis by having disk of scutellum smooth in center (weakly carinate in P. incognito, rugose in P. hoerikwaggoensis); separated from P. rostratus by having mesopleuron almost entirely smooth (striate in P. rostratus) and center of disk of scutellum smooth (entirely rugose in P. rostratus.)


Named after the type locality - West Coast Fossil Park, a satellite of Iziko Museums of Cape Town. Phosphate mining operations uncovered a 5 million year old fossil site where bones of over 200 species, including bears and sabre-toothed cats, are preserved.


Buffington, M.L. & van Noort, S. 2007. A world revision of Pycnostigminae (Cynipoidea: Figitidae) with descriptions of seven new species. Zootaxa 1392: 1-30


Photographs and map illustration Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa), first published in Zootaxa 1392

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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Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2024. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the World. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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