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Diaprioid wasps of the Afrotropical region

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






Endoparasitoids of mostly Diptera, and rarely Coleoptera and Hymenoptera.


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Huggert L. 1977. Descriptions and redescriptions of species of the genus Trichopria Ashm., 1893 from Malagasy and the Ethiopian region (Hymenoptera, Proctotrupoidea: Diapriidae). Entomologica Scandinavica 8: 205-217.

Huggert L. 1979. Descriptions and redescriptions based on a study of Kieffer’s Trichopria-types from the Seychelles Islands (Hymenoptera, Proctotrupoidea: Diapriidae). Entomologica Scandinavica 10 (1): 13-26. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/187631279X00367
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Huggert L. & Masner L. 1983. A review of myrmecophilic-symphilic diapriid wasps in the Holarctic realm, with descriptions of new taxa and a key to genera (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupoidea: Diapriidae). Contributions of the American Entomological Institute 20: 63-89.

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Kieffer JJ. 1904. Nouveaux proctotrypides myrmécophiles. Bull. Soc. Hist. Nat. Metz 23: 31-58.

Kieffer JJ. 1905. Description de nouveaux Proctotrypides exotiques. Annales de la Société scientifique de Bruxelles 29: 95-142.
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Kieffer JJ. 1910. Serphiden und Cynipiden von Madagaskar. In: Voeltzkow A., Reise in Ostafrika in den Jahren 1903-1905 mit Mitteln der Hermann und Elise Heckmann Wentzel-Stiftung ausgeführt von Professor Dr. Alfred Voeltzkow. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse 2 (5): 529-534.

Kieffer JJ. 1910. Serphidae, Cynipidae, Chalcididae, Evaniidae und Stephanidae aus Aequatorialafrika. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Deutschen Zentral-Afrika-Expedition 3: 91-119. doi:10.5281/zenodo.24312

Kieffer JJ. 1910. Fam. Belytidae. Genera Insectorum. No. 107. 47 pp.

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Kieffer JJ. 1913. Description de nouveaux microhymenopteres. Brotéria 11: 169-198. doi:10.5281/zenodo.24317

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Kolyada, V.A., Mostovski, M.B., & Brothers, D.J. 2004. New data on proctotrupid wasp genus Exallonyx Kieffer (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupidae) from South Africa, with description of a new species and new synonymy. African Invertebrates. 45: 237-248.

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Risbec J. 1956. Hyménoptères parasites du Cameroun. Bulletin de l’Institut français d’Afrique noire sér. A, Sciences naturelles 18 (1): 97-164.

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Silvestri, F. 1913. Viaggio in Africa per cercare parassiti di mosche dei frutti. Bollettino del Laboratorio di Zoologia Generale e Agraria, Portici 8: 1-164.

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Sundholm, A. 1970. Hymenoptera. Proctotrupidae. In: Hanstrom, B, Brink, P. & Rudebeck, G. (eds.) South African Animal Life. Lund: Berlingska Boktryckeriet 14: 306-401.

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Tymochko LI, Cuaranhua C, Gumovsky, AV. 2021. Habitat distribution of diapriid parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera, Diaprioidea) in eastern Mozambique. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science https://doi.org/10.1007/s42690-021-00529-0

Wharton, R. A., Trostle, M. K., Messing, R. H., Copeland, R. S., Kimani-Njogu, S. W., Lux, S., Overholt, W. A., Mohamed, S., Sivinski, J. 2000. Parasitoids of medfly, Ceratitis capitata, and related tephritids in Kenyan coffee: a predominantly koinobiont assemblage. Bulletin of Entomological Research 90: 517-526

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