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Pachyneuron Walker

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera;  Superfamily: Chalcidoidea; Family: Pteromalidae; Subfamily: Pteromalinae)

Pachyneuron Walker, 1833. Type species: Pachyneuron formosum Walker, 1833, by monotypy.


Pachyneuron aphidis (Bouché, 1834)


Pachyneuron longiradius Silvestri, 1915


Pachyneuron nelsoni Girault, 1928


Pachyneuron pauliani Risbec, 1952




Most species are hyperparasites of Aphididae or of other plant sucking Hemiptera (Coccoidea, Psylloidea) through their Braconidae (Ichneumonoidea) or Aphelinidae and Encyrtidae (Chalcidoidea) primary parasitoids, or are primary parasitoids or hyperparasitoids of the predators of these plant pests (Diptera: Syrphidae, Chamaemyiidae; Coleoptera: Coccinellidae; Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). Some species are also recorded as pupal parasitoids of mining or gall forming Diptera (Agromyzidae, Chloropidae, Cecidomyiidae) or as egg parasitoids of several families of Lepidoptera (apparently as hyperparasitoids), and there are rare records from other families of Diptera, Hymenoptera and Coleoptera (Gibson, 2001; Noyes, 2014).


Gibson, G.A.P. 2001. The Australian species of Pachyneuron Walker (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae). Journal of Hymenoptera research 10: 29-54.

Noyes, J.S. 2016. Universal Chalcidoidea Database, Natural History Museum London. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/entomology/chalcidoids/index.html



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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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