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Xenocynips ronquisti Buffington & van Noort

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

Xenocynips ronquisti Buffington & van Noort, 2012. Type: in California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco (CASC) Type locality: 39km S of Walikale (Democratic Republic of Congo).



Democratic Republic of Congo. MAP


The entirely striate speculum sets this species apart from
other Xenocynips, which have a dorsally striate, ventrally smooth speculum. Another significant feature is the absence of the propodeal spurs, which both X. subsquamata and X. rhothion both possess.


Named in honor of our friend and acclaimed hymenopterist Fredrik Ronquist (Natural History Museum, Stockholm), who determined this represented an undescribed species in his monograph of Liopteridae (Ronquist, 1995).




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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