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Key to species of Afrotropical Cryptopimpla

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera;  Superfamily: Ichneumonoidea; Family: Ichneumonidae; Subfamily: Banchinae; Genus: Cryptopimpla)

ClassificationIdentification keys


1. Clypeal profile distinctly convex and bulbous (A). Pleural carinae of propodeum present, but may be weak; posterior transverse carina present and well-defined (B) ...2

 

- Clypeal profile weakly convex with a curved lip on ventral margin (a). Pleural carinae and posterior transverse carina of propodeum absent (b) ...3


2. Head smooth, impunctate (A). Dorsolateral carinae on tergum 1 substituted with longitudinal wrinkles (B) ...Cryptopimpla kogelbergensis

 

- Head finely punctate (a). Dorsolateral carinae on tergum 1 present as a carina ventrad of spiracle, with a

secondary carina leading from the ventral carina to the spiracle (b) ...Cryptopimpla goci


3. Mesosoma with scutellar and metanotal margins not strongly tapered towards medial area (A). Propodeal anterior margin without defined medial tooth, but may have a blunt medial projection (B) ...4

 

- Mesosoma with scutellar and metanotal margins tapered towards medial area (a). Propodeal anterior margin with medial tooth (b) ...Cryptopimpla fernkloofensis


4.Wings hyaline (A). Mesoscutum moderately punctate (B) ...5

 

- Wings slightly infuscate, venation darker (a). Mesoscutum with fewer punctures inward of wing bases (b) ...Cryptopimpla parslactis


5. Eye in anterior view narrow to moderately-sized: eye maximum width in anterior view 0.4-0.66 times shortest inter-ocular distance (A). Spiracle of tergum 2 situated at basal 0.25-0.32 of tergum (B) ...6

 

- Eye in anterior view larger, bulbous: eye maximum width in anterior view 0.73 times shortest inter-ocular distance (a). Spiracle of tergum 2 situated at basal 0.36 of tergum (b) ...Cryptopimpla elongatus


6. Scuto-scutellar excavation shallow, without deep indentations laterally (a). Metasomal tergum 2 with gastrocoeli small to indistinct (b) ...7

 

- Scuto-scutellar groove broad with deep lateral indentations (A). Metasomal tergum 1 with gastrocoeli moderately large and distinct (B) ...8


7. Head and mesosoma subpolished, sparsely covered in short setae (A). Metasomal tergum 1 with posterior margin medially tapered to a point (B) ...Cryptopimpla neili

- Head and mesosoma matt, moderately covered in short setae (a). Metasomal tergum 1 with posterior margin weakly convex (b) ...Cryptopimpla hantami


8. Eye maximum width in anterior view 0.6-0.66 times shortest inter-ocular distance (B). Clypeus 1.9-2 times broader than high. Mesosoma predominantly rufous with black markings (C) ...9

 

- Eye narrower, its maximum width in anterior view 0.40.56 times shortest inter-ocular distance (B). Clypeus 1.61.8 times broader than high. Mesosoma black with white pronotal collar (C) ...Cryptopimpla onyxi


9. Malar space 0.6 times as long as basal mandibular width (A). Second tergum posteriorly 1.25 times broader than long (B) ...Cryptopimpla zwarti

- Malar space 0.91.3 times as long as basal mandibular width (a). Tergum 2 posteriorly no more than 1.1 times broader than long (b) ...Cryptopimpla rubrithorax


Reference

Reynolds Berry T & van Noort S 2016. Review of Afrotropical Cryptopimpla Taschenberg (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Banchinae), with description of nine new species. ZooKeys 640: 103137. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.640.10334

Credits

Photographs by Terry Reynolds Berry (Iziko Museums of South Africa).


Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)

 

Citation: van Noort, S. 2023. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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