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Wasps, bees and ants of the Afrotropical region

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

Bioinformatics resource for wasps, bees and ants recorded from the Afrotropical biogeographical region (Africa south of the Sahara including southern Arabian peninsula, Madagascar and smaller surrounding islands).

 

SUPERFAMILY

Apoidea

Cephoidea

Ceraphronoidea

Ceraphronoidea

Chalcidoidea

Chalcidoidea

Chrysidoidea

Chrysidoidea

Cynipoidea

Cynipoidea

Diaprioidea

Evanioidea

Ichneumonoidea

Ichneumonoidea

Megalyroidea

Megalyroidea

Mymarommatoidea

Orussoidea

Orussoidea

Platygastroidea

Platygastroidea

Proctotrupoidea

Proctotrupoidea

Siricoidea

Siricoidea

Stephanoidea

Stephanoidea

Tenthredinoidea

Tenthredinoidea

Trigonaloidea

Vespoidea

 

Afrotropical_Hymenoptera_book

Afrotropical Hymenoptera Initiative

 

 

Identification keys

 

Classification of Afrotropical wasps

 

Wonderful World of Wasps exhibition

 

Collecting permits

 

Collecting expeditions

 

World wasps

Links to hymenopteran web sites

 

An initiative funded in part by the South African National Research Foundation under grant numbers GUN 2068865 and GUN 2069377, and by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DEB 0614764.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Cynipoidea

Identification Keys

Ichneumonidae

Identification Keys

Pycnostigminae

Pycnostigminae

Chrysis splendens

Chrysis splendens

Eusandalum

Eusandalum

Khoikhoiinae

Khoikhoiinae endemic South African subfamily

Solenura carinatus

Megalyridia

Megalyridia

endemic South African genus

Chalinus_braunsi

Chalinus braunsi

Rhoophilus_loewi

Rhoophilus loewi

Biology of an endemic South African species

Agaon_Kiellandi

Agaon kiellandi

Crossogaster inusitata

Tanaostigmodes tambotis

Sapygina lobengulae

Ampulex bredoi

Trigonalys

 

Comments on adopted classification

The re-classification of the Vespoidea into a number of superfamilies proposed by Pilgrim et al. (2008) and adopted by Peters et al. (2017) and Branstetter et al. (2018) has not been followed here yet, for reasons outlined in Brothers (2019). The exception is recognition of the family Thynnidae incorporating various taxa previously included in the Tiphiidae, a hypothesis that appears to have fairly robust support (albeit only based on molecular evidence), and recognition of which has been widely adopted across various platforms. We retain this newly proposed family together with the historically recognized families within the single superfamily Vespoidea, until such time that stronger phylogenetic evidence, based on both molecular as well as morphological appraisal, becomes available for supporting additional splitting at superfamily level within this group.

Chrysis_splendens

 Credits

Photographs Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa)


Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)

 

Citation: van Noort, S. 2020. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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