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Key to genera of Afrotropical Megalyridae

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera;  Superfamily: Megalyroidea; Family: Megalyridae)

ClassificationIdentification keys


1. Mesonotum with a weak median sulcus (A); propodeum with a shallow, longitudinal median sulcus (A); eyes not surrounded by an orbital carina (B); fore wing with veins 1mcu and Cu1 present (C) ...Megalyra (one introduced species in South Africa: Megalyra fasciipennis)

 

- Mesonotum with a strong longitudinal median sulcus (a); propodeum without a longitudinal median sulcus (a); eyes surrounded by an orbital carina (b); fore wing veins 1mcu and Cu1 spectral (c, d) ...2

 


2. Fore wing with one submarginal cell (A); radial vein reduced, radial cell open (A); propodeum rugulose without parallel longitudinal carinae (B) ...Megalyridia (monotypical genus: Megalyridia capensis is restricted to Eastern, Northern & Western Cape Provinces of South Africa)

 

- Fore wing with two submarginal cells (a); radial cell closed (a); propodeum with distinctive pattern of six longitudinal, nearly parallel carinae, each tract with lateral cross-carinae that may be reduced  (b) ...  Dinapsis

(Key to Dinapsis species)

 


References

Mita T & Shaw SR. 2020. A taxonomic study of Dinapsis Waterson, 1922 from Madagascar (Hymenoptera: Megalyridae, Dinapsini): crested wasps of the hirtipes species-group. Zootaxa 4858: 7184. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4858.1.4

Shaw, S.R. & van Noort, S. 2009. A new Dinapsis species from the Central African Republic (Hymenoptera: Megalyridae: Dinapsini). Zootaxa 2118: 30-36.

van Noort, S. & Shaw, S.R. 2009. Megalyridia capensis (Hymenoptera: Megalyridae: Megalyridiini) a relict species endemic to South Africa. African Natural History 5: 1-8.

van Noort S, Shaw S, Copeland R. 2022. Revision of the endemic African genus Dinapsis (Dinapsini, Megalyridae, Hymenoptera) with description of seven new species. ZooKeys 1112: 27-122. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1112.82307

Credits

Key developed by Simon van Noort. Photographs included in the key 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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