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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)



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


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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