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Coelocybid wasps of the world

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Chalcidoidea)


Acoelocyba Bouček, 1988

Ambogaster Heydon, 2014

Ariasina Heydon, 2014

Coelocyba Ashmead, 1900

Coelocyboides Girault, 1913

Cooloolana Bouček, 1988

Cybopella Bouček, 1988

Erotolepsiella Girault, 1915

Eucoelocybomyia Girault, 1915

Fusiterga Bouček, 1988

Lanthanomyia De Santis, 1967
Lelapsomorpha Girault, 1913

Liepara Bouček, 1988

Nerotolepsia Girault, 1920

Ormyromorpha Girault, 1913


Paratomicobia Girault, 1915

Tomicobomorphella Girault, 1915

Distribution Fourteen genera are Australasian (Bouček, 1988), with Erotolepsiella also known from India (Narendran, 2001). Ambogaster, Ariasina,and Lanthanomyia are restricted to the Neotropical region (Andean subregion) (Burks & Rasplus, 2024, Heydon and Hanson, 2005; Heydon, 2014).

Associates of insect galls on trees, as inquilines or parasitoids of Diptera (Cecidomyiidae) (Veenstra-Quah et al., 2007), Hemiptera (Eriococcidae), or Hymenoptera (Melanosomellidae) (Noble, 1941). Galls occur mostly on Eucalyptus and Acacia but also Nothofagus (Bouček, 1988; Goolsby et al., 2001; Heydon and Hanson, 2005; Heydon, 2014).


Bouček, Z. 1988. Australasian Chalcidoidea, a biosystematic revision of genera of fourteen families, with a reclassification of species. CAB International, Wallingford, UK. 832 pp.

Burks R, Mitroiu M-D, Fusu L, Heraty JM, Janšta P, Heydon S, Papilloud ND-S, Peters RS, Tselikh EV, Woolley JB, van Noort S, Baur H, Cruaud A, Darling C, Haas M, Hanson P, Krogmann L, Rasplus J-Y. 2022. From hell’s heart I stab at thee! A determined approach to rendering Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera) monophyletic. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 94:13-88. https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.94.94263
Burks RA, Rasplus J-Y. 2024. Coelocybidae, Chapter 20 in J.M. Heraty and J.B. Woolley, Chalcidoidea of the World, CABI Press, Oxford, UK.

Cruaud A, Rasplus J-Y, Zhang J, Burks R, Delvare G, Fusu L, Gibson GAP, Gumovsky A, Hanson P, Huber JT, Janšta P, Mitroiu M-D, Noyes JS, van Noort S, Baker A, Böhmová J, Baur H, Blaimer BB, Brady1 SG, Bubeníková K, Chartois M, Copeland RS, Dale-Skey Papilloud N, Dal Molin A, Darling C, Dominguez C, Fisher N, Gates MW, Gebiola M, Guerrieri E, Haas M, Hansson C, Heydon S, Kresslein RL, Krogmann L, Moriarty Lemmon E, Mottern J, Murray E, Nidelet S, Nieves Aldrey JL, Perry R, Peters RS, Pinto JD, Polaszek A, Sauné L, Schmidt S, Torréns J, Triapitsyn S, Tselikh EV, Ubaidillah R, Yoder M, Lemmon A, Woolley JB, Heraty JM. 2024. The Chalcidoidea bush of life – Evolutionary history of a massive radiation of minute wasps. Cladistics 40: 34-63. http://doi.org/10.1111/cla.12561

Gibson G.A.P. 1993. Superfamilies Mymarommatoidea and Chalcidoidea (pp. 570-655). In GOULET, H. & HUBER, J. (eds). Hymenoptera of the World: an identification guide to families. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 668 pp.

Girault, A.A. 1927. Notes on and descriptions of chalcid wasps (Chalcididae) in the South Australian Museum. Records of the South Australian Museum 3: 309–338. Heraty, J.M., Burks, R.A., Cruaud, A., Gibson, G.A.P., Liljeblad, J., Munro, J., Rasplus, J.-Y., Delvare, G., Janšta, P., Gumovsky, A., Huber, J., Woolley, J.B., Krogmann, L., Heydon, S., Polaszek, A., Schmidt, S., Darling, D.C., Gates, M.W., Mottern, J., Murray, E., Dal Molin, A., Triapitsyn, S., Baur, H., Pinto, J.D., van Noort, S., George, J. & Yoder, M. 2013. A phylogenetic analysis of the megadiverse Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera). Cladistics 29: 466–542. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cla.12006

UCD Community. 2023. Universal Chalcidoidea Database Website. https://ucd.chalcid.org.


Photographs by Roger Burks © The trustees of the Natural history Musuem, London.

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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