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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


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.


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

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2019. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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