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Oberthuerella aureopilosa Benoit

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Cynipoidea;  Family: Liopteridae; Subfamily: Oberthuerellinae; Genus: Oberthuerella)

Oberthuerella aureopilosa Benoit 1955. Holotype: in Africa Museum, Tervuren (RMCA). Type Locality: Kindu (Democratic Republic of Congo).

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Democratic Republic of Congo. Map


Easily distinguished from all other Oberthuerella by the predominance of golden setae on head, mesosoma, and metasoma; this feature is only shared with O. simba, but this latter species has the speculum shagreened (smooth in O. aureopilosa).




Benoit, P.L.G. 1955. Les Liopteridae Oberthurellinae du Congo Belge. Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines 52: 283293.

Buffington, M.L. & van Noort, S. 2012. Revision of the Afrotropical Oberthuerellinae (Cynipoidea: Liopteridae). Zookeys 202: 1-154.

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. 1995. Phylogeny and classification of the Liopteridae, an archaic group of cynipoid wasps (Hymenoptera). Entomologica Scandinavica Supplement 46: 1-74.


Photographs Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa)

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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