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Platygastroidea keys

Keys to platygastroid wasps of the world

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

Classification of PlatygastridaeClassification of Scelionidae

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Platygastridae

DRAFT working key to subfamilies of Scelionidae in the old sense (adapted from Masner 1976). Excludes Platygastrinae and Sceliotrachelinae.

 

 


Scelioninae

 

DRAFT working key to World genera of Scelioninae (adapted from Masner 1976).

   
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Teleasinae

DRAFT working key to World genera of Teleasinae (adapted from Masner 1976)

   

Telenominae

DRAFT working key to World genera of Telenominae (adapted from Masner 1976) 

   

Heptascelio

 

Key to FEMALES of World species of Heptascelio

   

 

 

Key to MALES of World species of Heptascelio

   

Nixonia

 

Key to World species of Nixonia

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Oreiscelio

Key to FEMALES of World species of Oreiscelio

   
Key to MALES of World species of Oreiscelio    

Platyscelio

 

Key to World species of Platyscelio

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Scelio

Key to Afrotropical Scelio species-groups

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Key to Afrotropical species in the Scelio ernstii species-group

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Key to Afrotropical species in the Scelio howardi species-group

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Key to Afrotropical species in the Scelio ipomea species-group

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Key to Afrotropical species in the Scelio irwini species-group

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Key to World species in the Scelio pulchripennis species-group

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Key to Afrotropical species in the Scelio simoni species-group

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Key to Afrotropical species in the Scelio walkeri species-group

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References

Johnson, N.F. & Masner, L. 2006. Revision of world species of the genus Nixonia Masner (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea, Scelionidae). American Museum Novitates 3518: 1-32.

Johnson, N. F., Masner, L., Musetti, L., van Noort, S., Rajmohana K., Darling, D.C., Guidotti, A., Polaszek, A. 2008. Revision of world species of the genus Heptascelio Kieffer (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea, Platygastridae). Zootaxa 1776: 1-51.

Masner, L. 1976. Revisionary notes and keys to world genera of Scelionidae (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupoidea). Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada 97: 1-87.

Taekul, C., Johnson, N.F., Masner, L., Polaszek, A., Rajmohana, K. 2010. World species of the genus Platyscelio Kieffer (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae) ZooKeys 50: 97–126.

Talamas, E.J., Johnson, N.F., van Noort, S., Masner, L., Polaszek, A. 2009. Revision of world species of the genus Oreiscelio Kieffer (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea, Platygastridae) Zookeys 6: 1-68.

van Noort, S. 2008. South African survey reveals further Nixonia gems. Skaphion 2(13): 1-3.

van Noort, S. & Johnson, N. 2009. New species of the plesiomorphic genus Nixonia (Platygastridae, Hymenoptera) from South Africa. Zookeys 20: 31-51.

Yoder, M., Valerio, A., Polaszek, A., Masner, L., Johnson, N. 2009. Revision of Scelio pulchripennis-group species (Hymenoptera, Platygastroidea, Platygastridae). ZooKeys 20: 53-118. (doi: 10.3897/zookeys.20.205).

Credits

Keys produced by Simon van Noort under the auspices of the PBI Platygastroidea project (National Science Foundation grant No. DEB–0614764 awarded to to N.F. Johnson and A.D. Austin).

Photographs included in the keys either © PBI Platygastroidea project or © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).


Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)

 

Citation: van Noort, S. 2018. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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