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Athetocephus maculatus Benson

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Cephoidea; Family: Cephidae; Subfamily: Athetocephinae; Genus: Athetocephus)

Athetocephus maculatus Benson, 1935. Type in:


Madagascar (Prov. Toliara: Belalanda, Fort-Dauphin, Ifaty).


Host plant unknown, but larvae are likely to feed inside grass stems or twigs of woody plants as is typical for the family.


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Benson R.B. 1946. Classification of the Cephidae. Transactions of the RoyalEntomological Society of London 96 (6): 89-108.

Blank, S.M., Taeger, A., Liston, A.D., Smith, D.R., Rasnitsyn, A.P., Shinohara , A., Heidemaa , M. & Viitasaari, M. 2009. Studies toward a World Catalog of Symphyta (Hymenoptera). Zootaxa 2254: 1–96.

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Goulet, H. 1993. Superfamilies Cephoidea, Megalodontoidea, Orussoidea, Siricoidea, Tenthredinoidea and Xyeloidea (pp. 101-129). In GOULET, H. & HUBER, J. (eds). Hymenoptera of the World: an identification guide to families. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 668 pp.

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Quinlan, J. 1974. The nominal taxa described by R. B. Benson and their types, with a bibliography of his works (Hymenoptera). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Entomology series, London 30(4): 217-265.

Taeger, A. & Blank, S.M. 2011. ECatSym – electronic world catalog of Symphyta (Insecta, Hymenoptera). Program version 3.10, data version 38 (07.12.2011) Digital Entomological Information, Müncheberg.

Taeger, A., Blank, S.M. & Liston, A.D. 2010. World Catalog of Symphyta (Hymenoptera). Zootaxa 2580: 1-1064.


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

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2024. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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