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Sceliotracheline wasps of the Afrotropical Region

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

ClassificationIdentification keys

Afrisolia Masner & Huggert, 1989
Allotropa Förster, 1856
Amitus Haldeman, 1850
Fidiobia Ashmead, 1894
Isolia Förster, 1878
Parabaeus Kieffer, 1910
Pulchrisolia Szabó, 1959
Sceliotrachelus Brues, 1908




Koinobiont parasitoids of gall midge (Cecidomyiidae) eggs developing only after the host has reached pupal or prepupal stage.


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