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Bradynobaenid wasps of Africa and Madagascar

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


  Apterogyna Latrielle, 1809
  Gynecaptera Skorikov, 1935
  Macroocula Panfilov, 1954
Micatagla Argaman, 1994




Possibly parasitoids of Sun spiders (Solifugae). A record of a single species as an ectoparasitoid of Solifugae (Arachnida), that pupated within the host’s burrow (Brothers & Finnamore, 1993) is all that is currently known.


André, E. 1909. Mutillides nouveaux ou imparfaitment connus to Musée royale d’histoire naturelle de Leide. Notes from the Lyden Museum 31: 171–180.

Argaman, Q. 1994. Generic synopsis of Apterogyninae (Hymenoptera: Apterogynidae). Folia entomologica Hungaric, 55: 41– 58.

Brothers, D.J. & Finnamore A.T. 1993. Superfamily Vespoidea (pp. 161-278). In GOULET, H. & HUBER, J. (eds). Hymenoptera of the World: an identification guide to families. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 668 pp.

Cascio, P.L & Pagliano, G. 2014. A new species of Micatagla from Socotra Island (Hymenoptera: Bradynobaenidae: Apterogyninae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 54: 423-427.

Gadallah N. S., Al Dhafer H. M., Aldryhim Y. N., Fadl H., El Gharbawy A. E. & Pagliano G. 2014. Apterogyninae (Hymenoptera: Bradynobaenidae) from Saudi Arabia, with description of a new species. Zootaxa 3754(4): 491–497.

Gadallah N. S. & Soliman A. M. 2014. The genus Micatagla Argaman, 1994 in Egypt, with three new species and a new record (Hymenoptera, Bradynobaenidae, Apterogyninae). ZooKeys 397: 71–81.

Gess, S.K. & Gess, F.W. 2014. Wasps and bees in southern Africa. SANBI Biodiversity Series 24. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. 320 pp.

Lelej, A.S., T. Osten, 2004. To the knowledge of the mutillid and bradynobaenid wasps of Iran (Hymenoptera: Mutililidae, Bradynobaenidae). Proceeding of the Russian Entomological
 Society, St. Petersburg
75(1): 253–262.

Pagliano G. 2002. Revisione della sottofamiglia Apterogyninae (Hymenoptera: Bradynobaenidae. Museo regionale di scienze naturali Torino, Monografie 34: 1-387.

Pagliano G. 2004. Descrizione di due nuove specie di Apterogyna Latreille, 1809 della Penisola Arabica (Insecta, Hymenoptera, Bradynobaenidae). Il Naturalista Valtellinese – Atti del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Morbegno, 15: 61-70.

Pagliano G. 2008. Order Hymenoptera, Family Bradynobaenidae. Pp. 393–402. In: Harten A. Van (ed.): Arthropod Fauna of United Arab Emirates. Volume 1. Multiply Marketing Consultancy Services, Abu Dhabi, 754 pp.

Pagliano G. 2011 New species and subspecies of Apterogyninae (Insecta, Hymenoptera, Bradynobaenidae) from the Arabian Peninsula. Naturalista Valtellinese, Atti del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Morbegno 22: 71–89.

Pagliano G. & Romano M. 2012.Three new species of African Apterogyninae from Kenya, Namibia and Senegal (Insecta, Hymenoptera, Bradynobaenidae). Naturalista Valtellinese, Atti del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Morbegno 23: 15–41.

Soliman AM, Gadallah NS, Al Dhafer HM. 2018. An illustrated key to the Saudi Arabian species of the genus Macroocula Panfilov, 1954, with the description of a new species and the previously unknown female of M. andreai Pagliano (Hymenoptera, Bradynobaenidae, Apterogyninae). ZooKeys 742: 35–56. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.742.22854


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Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2019. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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