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Telenomine wasps of Africa and Madagascar

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

ClassificationIdentification keys

  Eumicrosoma Gahan 1913
  Nirupana Nixon 1935
  Phanuromyia Dodd 1914

Protelenomus Kieffer, 1906

Telenomus Haliday, 1833


Trissolcus Ashmead, 1893




Idiobiont endoparasitoids of insect (Neuroptera, Hemiptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera) eggs.


Chen H-Y, Lahey Z, Talamas EJ, Valerio AA,  Popovici OA, Musetti L, Klompen H, Polaszek A, Masner L, Austin AD, Johnson NF. 2021. An integrated phylogenetic reassessment of the parasitoid superfamily Platygastroidea (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupomorpha) results in a revised familial classification. Systematic Entomology 46(4): 1088-1113.


Ghesquière, J. 1948. Contribution à l’étude des Microhyménoptères du Congo belge. XII. Un Proctotrupien phorétique nouveau (Hym. Scelionidae). Revue de zoologie et de botanique africaines 40: 323–327.

Johnson, N. F. 1992. Catalog of world Proctotrupoidea excluding Platygastridae. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 51: 1-825.

Masner, L. 1976. Revisionary notes and keys to world genera of Scelionidae (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupoidea). Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada 97: 1-87.

Masner L. 1993. Superfamily Platygastroidea (pp. 558-565). In GOULET, H. & HUBER, J. (eds). Hymenoptera of the World: an identification guide to families. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 668 pp.

Taekul, C., Valerio, A.A., Austin, A.D., Klompen, H. & Johnson, N.F. (2014. Molecular

Risbec, J. 1950. Contribution a l’étude des Proctotrupidae (Serphiidae). Pages 568–577. – In: Risbec, J., Travaux du Laboratoire d’Entomologie du Secteur Soudanis de Recherches agronomiques. Gouvernement Général de l’Afrique Occidentale Granéaise, Paris, 639 pp.

phylogeny of telenomine egg parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae s.l.: Telenominae): evolution of host shifts and implications for classification. Systematic Entomology 39: 24–35.

Veenakumari, K. & Notton, D. & Polaszek, A. 2019. World Revision of the Genus Protelenomus Kieffer (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae: Telenominae). Annales Zoologici 69: 381-406.  https://doi.org/10.3161/00034541ANZ2019.69.2.006


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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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