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Classification and checklist of Afrotropical rhopalosomatid wasps

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Vespoidea; Family: Rhopalosomatidae)

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Arnold, G. 1935. The Psammocharidae of the Ethiopian region. Part IV. Annals of the Transvaal Museum 15: 413-483, 34 figs.

Berland, L. 1951. Note sur L’existence  Madagascar de Rhopalosomidae (Hymenoptres Aculeates). Mémoires de l’Institut Scientifique de Madagascar. Serie A. Biologie Animale 5: 295–303.

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Brues, C. T. 1926. Note on the Hymenopterous family Rhopalosomatidae. Psyche 33: 18–19.

Cameron, P. 1887. Insecta. Hymenoptera (Families Tenthredinidae –Chrysididae). Vol. 1. Biologia Centrali-Americana 33: 1–487.

Enderlein, G. 1904. Paniscomima, eine neue von Herrn Baron von Erlanger aufgefundene Rhopalosomiden-Gattung. Zoologischer Anzeiger 27: 464–466.

Gauld, I. D. 1995. Chapter 14.6. Rhopalosomatidae. In Hanson, P. E. & Gauld I. D. (eds). The Hymenoptera of Costa Rica. Oxford University Press, New York.

Guidotti, A. E. 1999. Systematics of little known parasitic wasps of the family Rhopalosomatidae (Hymenoptera: Vespoidea). M.Sc. Thesis, University of Toronto, Canada.

Guidotti, A. E. 2007. A revision of the wasp genus Paniscomima (Hymenoptera: Rhopalosomatidae) and a proposal of phylogenetic relationships among species. Invertebrate Systematics 21: 297–309.

Lohrmann, V. 2011. A revision of the Paniscomima of the African Subregion with the description of two new species from Malawi and Tanzania (Hymenoptera, Rhopalosomatidae). Zoosyst. Evol. 87 (2): 371–378. DOI 10.1002/zoos.201100014.

Lohrmann, V. & Ohl, M. 2007. The wasp genus Olixon Cameron in Madagascar: first record and description of two new species (Hymenoptera: Rhopalosomatidae). Zootaxa 1465: 39-46.

Townes, H. 1977. A revision of the Rhopalosomatidae (Hymenoptera). Contributions of the Entomological Institute 15: 1-34.


Photograph © Victor Kolyada (Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg).

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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