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Pelecinellid wasps of the world

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



Australasian, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oriental .


Unknown, but likely to be parasitoids of large wood-boring beetles, such as Cerambycidae (Gupta et al., 2022).


Ashmead, W.H. 1895. On the genus Pelecinella, Westwood, and its position among the Chalcididae. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 3: 230–233.

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

Brues, C.T. 1924. The identity of Leptofoenus F. Smith and Pelecinella Westwood (Hymenoptera). Psyche, 31(6), 302–304.

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. Pelecinellidae, Chapter 49 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, Brady 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

Engel, M.S. 2009. The first fossil leptofoenine wasp (Hymenoptera, Pteromalidae): A new species of Leptofoenus in Miocene amber from the Dominican Republic. ZooKeys, 13, 57–66.

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.

Gupta, A., Gowda, H.K.H.M. and Sankararaman, H. 2022. First report of the genus with first host record and description of an enchanting new species of Doddifoenus Bouček (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae: Leptofoeninae) from India. Biologia, 77(9), 2581–2592.

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

Krogmann, L. & Burks, R.A. 2009. Doddifoenus wallacei, a new giant parasitoid wasp of the subfamily Leptofoeninae (Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae), with a description of its mesosomal skeletal anatomy and a molecular characterization. Zootaxa, 2194(1), 21–36..

LaSalle, J. & Stage, G.I. 1985. The chalcidoid genus Leptofoenus (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae). Systematic Entomology, 10(3), 285–298.

Smith, F. 1862. Descriptions of new species of aculeate Hymenoptera, collected at Panama by R.W. Stretch, Esq, with a list of described species, and the various localities where they have previously occurred. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, Third Series, 1, 29–44.

Westwood, J. 1868. Descriptions of new genera and species of Chalcididae. In: Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, Third Series, Vol. 5, Proceedings of the Entomological Society of London for the year 1868,pp. xxxv–xxxvii.

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


Photographs © Lars Krogmann, or © Jean-Yves Rasplus (INRAE), or Michael S. Engel, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons.

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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