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Mymaridae keys

Keys to mymarid wasps of Africa

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

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Identification keys are presented in two different formats: traditional dichotomous keys where a choice needs to be made at each key couplet to continue, and Lucid matrix keys where relevant states from multiple character features can be selected independently until identification is achieved. For more information concerning Lucid keys visit www.lucidcentral.org.

Key to species of Ooctonus (Huber et al., 2010)

Standard Dichotomus key 

Key to species of Polynema dikobraz species-group (van Noort & Triapitsyn, 2018)

Standard Dichotomus key 


Huber, J., Read, J.D. & van Noort, S. 2010. The genus Ooctonus (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae) in the Afrotropical region, with comments on other southern hemisphere species. African Entomology 18: 221-234.

van Noort S, Triapitsyn SV. 2018. Revision of the Polynema dikobraz species-group with description of a remarkable new species from South Africa (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea, Mymaridae). ZooKeys 783: 67-84. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.783.26872


Ooctonus keys developed by Simon van Noort and John Huber. Images included in the keys John Huber & Jennifer Read (Canadian National Collection of Insects).

Polynema keys developed by Simon van Noort and Serguei V. Triapitsyn. Photographs included in the keys Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa) or Serguei V. Triapitsyn (Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside).

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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