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Tessmannella nigra Hedicke

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

Tessmannella nigra Hedicke 1912. Holotype: in ZMHU. Type Locality: Uelleburg (Equatorial Guinea).



Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea. MAP


Closely resembles T. spinosa and T. expansa in having uniform infuscation of the forewings (basally hyaline in T. copelandi, T. kiplingi, and T. roberti); distinguished from T. spinosa and T. expansa by having the ventral malar space, immediately adjacent to the mandibular base, gently shagreened (distinctly striate in the latter two 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 of Holotype Matt Buffington (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA/ARS)Photographs of non-type Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa)

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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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