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Megastigmus pretorianensis Doǧanlar

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

Megastigmus pretorianensis Doǧanlar, 2015. Holotype in South African National Collection of Insects, ARC- Plant Protection Research Institute, Pretoria (SANC). Type locality: Pretoria, South Africa.

Megastigmus pretorianensis: (a) body, in dorsal view; (b) body, in lateral view (c) head and antenna, in lateral view; (d) antenna; (e) forewing; (f) propodeum; g-i: male. (g) body, in lateral view; (h) body, in dorsal view; (i) antenna. Photographs © Mikdat Doǧanlar (Mustafa Kemal University, Turkey).

Distribution

South Africa.

Biology

Inquiline or parasitoid in leaf, stem and petiole galls induced by the eulophid Leptocybe invasa Fisher & LaSalle (Doǧanlar, 2015; Gevers et al., 2020).

References

Doǧanlar M. 2015. Diagnosis of Megastigmus spp. (Hymenoptera: Torymidae) reared from galls of Leptocybe invasa Fisher & Lasalle, 2004, (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) on Eucalyptus spp. (Myrtaceae), with description of a new species from South Africa. Entomofauna-Zeitschrift für Entomologie 36: 561–580.

Gevers, C.R., Dittrich-Schröder, G., Slippers, B. and Hurley, B.P. 2020. Interactions between hymenopteran species associated with gall-forming wasps: the Leptocybe invasa community as a case study. Agricultural and Forest Entomology https://doi.org/10.1111/afe.12413

Huang, Z., Li, J., Lu,W. & Yang, Z. 2018. Parasitoids of the Eucalyptus gall wasp Leptocybe spp.: a global review. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 25: 29983–29995.

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: 51–124. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.585.7503

Credits

Photographs © Mikdat Doǧanlar (Mustafa Kemal University, Turkey).
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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