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Siricidae keys

Identification keys to siricid wasps of the Afrotropical region

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

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*** NB Chrome Version 42 (released April 2015) removed the Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI) architecture that Java requires to function. This means that the Lucid Phoenix keys will not load in Google Chrome. Please use an alternative browser (IE, FireFox, or Safari on Mac OS X) to load the Lucid Phoenix keys.

Lucid have addressed this incompatibility issue for the Lucid Matrix keys which will now load in Chrome and other browsers as an independent Java application. The jnlp file will download and the file will need to be accepted and run.

Users can choose between three different key formats depending on their personal preference: a standard dichotomous key, a Lucid Phoenix key or a Lucid matrix key. Although Lucid Phoenix keys are interactive keys they are still dichotomous and a choice needs to be made at each key couplet to continue. Lucid matrix keys, on the other hand, use a different approach where relevant states from multiple character features can be selected independently until identification is achieved. For more information concerning Lucid keys visit www.lucidcentral.org.

Key to species of Afrotremex (after Goulet, 2014)

Standard dichotomous key

Lucid Phoenix interactive key

Lucid Matrix key 


System requirements

Java Runtime Environment (JRE) must be installed. To check if you have Java installed on your system type "Java -version" in a Command prompt (Windows) or Terminal console (Mac, Unix).

If you receive an unknown command error message or your Java build number is not the latest version then re-install the latest edition of JRE, which can be found at:  http://java.com/en/download/index.jsp

Pop-up blockers on your browser need to be turned off to access character images and species pages (fact sheets) from within the key environment.

What to do if your Java security settings prevent the key from opening. Go to the programs folder on your computer; open the Java Folder; click on Configure Java tab, which will open the Java Control Panel; click on the Security tab; under Exception site list click on Edit site list and add the WaspWeb url: http://www.waspweb.org

If you are still having problems opening the keys visit the Java page: How do I enable Java in my web browser? and follow the instructions for the browser you are using.

Reference

Goulet G. 2014. Revision of the African horntail genus Afrotremex (Hymenoptera: Siricidae). Zootaxa 3795: 201254. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3795.3.1

Credits

Photographs Henri Goulet (Canadian National Collection of Insects) or Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum).


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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