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Tanaostigma ukumbusho van Noort

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

Tanaostigma ukumbusho van Noort, 2020. Holotype in National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi  (NMKE). Type locality: Coast Prov., Boni Forest, 29 m
ASL, 1.84752°S 40.69307°E, Kenya.


Identification keys

Holotype female (NMKE)


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






The species epithet ‘ukumbusho’ is Swahili (a widely spoken East African language) for ‘memorial’, and is chosen to honour the memory of John LaSalle (CSIRO), who passed away well before his time. We bestowed this honour as recognition of John’s immense contribution towards the field of chalcidoid systematics and entomology in general.


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Howard LO. 1890. A new and remarkable encyrtid: is it parasitic. Insect Life 3: 145-148.

LaSalle J. 1987. New World Tanaostigmatidae (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea). Contributions of the American Entomological Institute 23(1): 1−181.
LaSalle J. 1997
. Chapter 19, Tanaostigmatidae. In: Gibson GAP, Huber JT, Woolley JB, editors.
Annotated keys to the genera of Nearctic Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera). Ottawa (Canada): 525
National Research Council Research Press; p. 700–704, 794.

van Noort S, Copeland RS. 2020. First record of the genus Tanaostigma (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea, Tanaostigmatidae) from the Afrotropical region with description of three new species. Journal of Natural History 54: 703-722. https://doi.org/10.1080/00222933.2020.1746426


Photographs and map illustration © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2023. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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