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Afrotropical Hymenoptera Initiative

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

Identification keys

This treatment of a regional order level fauna using state-of-the-art modern electronic technology includes the comprehensive coverage of 67 Hymenoptera families, incorporating approximately 2 000 genera and 20 000 species that occur in the Afrotropical region (Africa south of the Sahara; southern Arabian Peninsula; Madagascar and surrounding islands). The core focus of the initiave centers on well-illustrated dichotomous identification keys to genera, with links to online interactive Lucid dichotomous and matrix based keys hosted on WaspWeb and AntWeb. Generic treatments include a diagnosis, species checklist, distribution and biological synopsis.

Motivational overview and scientific background
Geographical coverage
Publication specifications

AHI publications to date

Olmi, M., Copeland, R.S. & van Noort, S. 2019. Dryinidae of the Afrotropical region (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea). Zootaxa 4630: 1619. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4630.1.1 van Noort, S. 2019. Assessing the status quo of Afrotropical ichneumonid knowledge. Conference paper: Identifying the next challenges in ichneumonid systematics and evolutionary ecology, Basel, Switzerland, 24-28 June 2019.

van Noort, S, Buffington ML & Forshage, M. 2015. Afrotropical Cynipoidea (Hymenoptera). ZooKeys 493: 1-176. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.493.6353

van Noort, S. Eardley, C. & Robertson, H. 2010. Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region: diversity assessment and identification guide proposal. Proceedings of the 7th International Congress of Hymenopterists, Koszeg, Hungary, 20-26 June 2010.

Vilhelmsen L, Blank SM, Sechi D, Ndiaye MM, Niang AA, Guisse A, van Noort S. 2017. The Orussidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) of Africa. Proceedings of the American Entomological Society 119: 879- 930. https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797.119.SpecialIssue.879


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

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2021. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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