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Tessmannella copelandi Buffington & van Noort

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

Tessmannella copelandi Buffington & van Noort, 2012. Holotype: in National Museums of Kenya (NMKE). Type Locality: Njukini Forest, 0.51660S 37.41843E, 1455m (Kenya).


Kenya.  MAP


This species is closely related to T. kiplingi and T. roberti, which have the forewing basally hyaline and the posterior margins of metasoma T3-T4 straight.  This species can be distinguished from T. kiplingi and T. roberti by having the central area of the scutellum completely smooth (areolate to foveate in the latter species).


Named after our friend and acclaimed African entomologist Robert Copeland (ICIPE, Kenya), collector of the type series for this species.




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

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


Photographs Matt Buffington (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA/ARS)

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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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