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Xenocynips rhothion Buffington & van Noort

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

Xenocynips rhothion Buffington & van Noort, 2012. Type: in Iziko South African Museum (SAMC). Type locality: Parc National de Dzanga-Ndoki (Central African Republic)



Central African Republic, Congo. MAP


This species differs from all other Xenocynips by the morphology of the pronotum being wave-like, reminiscent of waves on the ocean; in other species, the pronotum is horizontally costate. Also unique is the forked central propodeal keel; in other species, this keel is entire.


Greek for wave or surf, in reference to the wave-like striations of the pronotum.




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

Kieffer J.J. 1910. Nouveaux Cynipides exotiques. Bolletino del Laboratorio di Zoologia Generale e Agraria della R. Sciola superiore d’Agricola di Portici 4: 329-342.

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)

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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