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Megastigmus hypogeus (Hussey)

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera;  Superfamily: Chalcidoidea; Family: Megastigmidae; Genus: Megastigmus)

Eumegastigmus hypogeus Hussey, 1956. Holotype in the Natural History Museum, London (BMNH). Type locality: Kenya, Nairobi.


Male pale form


Male dark form

Photographs Alain Roques (INRA, France).




Reared from fruits of Ozoroa obovata (left), Ozoroa insignis ssp reticulata (right) (Anacardiaceae). Photographs Robert Copeland (ICIPE, Kenya).


Roques A, Copeland RS, Soldati L, Denux O, Auger-Rozenberg M-A 2016. Megastigmus seed chalcids (Hymenoptera, Torymidae) radiated much more on Angiosperms than previously considered. I- Description of 8 new species from Kenya, with a key to the females of Eastern and Southern Africa. ZooKeys 585: 51124. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.585.7503


Photographs Alain Roques (INRA, France) or Robert Copeland (ICIPE, Kenya). Map illustration Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2021. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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