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Aethecerus foveolatus Gregor

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera;  Superfamily: Ichneumonoidea; Family: Ichneumonidae; Subfamily: Ichneumoninae; Genus: Aethecerus)

 Aethecerus foveolatus Gregor, 1940

A habitus lateral view B mesosoma lateral view C head, mesosoma, dorsal view.

A head, antero–ventral view B propodeum dorsal view C tergites 1–3, dorsal view D wings E head, antennae, dorsal view F data labels.


Afrotropical: Sao Tome and Principe.

Palaearctic: Czech Republic, France, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain.


A single male specimen of this species was found in the MRAC collections collected by J. Ghesquière in 1922 in San Thomé [= Sao Tome and Principe]. Since the islands of Sao Tome and Principe were a former Portugese colony, it was first suspected that the presence of A. foveolatus on the island was an accidental introduction (Rousse et al. 2013). The label on the specimen lacks further details about the collection locality, and it is not known whether it was collected in an anthropogenic habitat or not. Additionally, there are some other examples in MRAC collections of Hymenoptera labeled as collected in Sao Tome, but which are actually from Madagascar or even Belgium (A. Pauly, pers. comm.). The presence, accidental or not, of A. foveolatus in Sao Tome or even in the Afrotropical Region is doubtful (Rousse et al. 2013).


Host: unknown.


Rousse P, van Noort S & Diller E. 2013. Revision of the Afrotropical Phaeogenini (Ichneumonidae, Ichneumoninae), with description of a new genus and twelve new species. Zookeys 354: 1-85. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.354.5968.


Photographs © Pascal Rousse (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

Map illustration © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

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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