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Microdontomerus Crawford

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera;  Superfamily: Chalcidoidea; Family: Torymidae; Subfamily: Microdontomerinae)

Microdontomerus Crawford 1907. Type species: Torymus anthonomi Crawford 1907.



Microdontomerus albipes (Girault, 1870)


Microdontomerus annulatus (Spinola, 1808)


Microdontomerus anthidii (Ashmead, 1895)


Microdontomerus anthonomi (Crawford, 1907)


Microdontomerus bicoloripes (Crawford, 1914)


Microdontomerus fumipennis Crawford, 1916


Microdontomerus gallicolus Zerova & Seryogina, 1999

Microdontomerus iridis (Picard, 1930)


Microdontomerus ovivorus (Steffan, 1967)


Microdontomerus senegalensis (Risbec, 1951)


Algeria, Austria, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Libya, Mexico, Moldova, Pakistan, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain, Texas, Turkey, USA, Ukraine.


Parasitoids of Lepidoptera (eggs and larvae); larvae of solitary bees (Anthophora), Cynipidae (Hymenoptera), and Tephritidae (Diptera); eggs of beetles (Buprestidae) and Mantodea. Occasionally hyperparasitoids of Ichneumonidae or Braconidae (Hymenoptera); or Tachinidae (Diptera) larvae in caterpillars (Lepidoptera); or larvae of Buprestidae, Cerambycidae and Curculionidae (Coleoptera) (Grissell 2005).


Bouček, Z. 1978. A study of the non-podagrionine Torymidae with enlarged hind femora, with a key to the African genera (Hymenoptera). Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa 41: 91-134.

Crawford, J.C. 1907. New North American Hymenoptera. Journal of the Entomological Society15: 177-183.

Gibson G.A.P. 1993. Superfamilies Mymarommatoidea and Chalcidoidea (pp. 570-655). In GOULET, H. & HUBER, J. (eds). Hymenoptera of the World: an identification guide to families. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 668 pp.

Grissell, E.E. 1995. Toryminae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Torymidae). Associated Publishers, Gainesville, Florida, 470pp.

Janšta, P & Cruaud, A & Delvare, G & Genson, G & Heraty, J & Krizkova, B & Rasplus, J-Y. 2017. Torymidae (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea) revised: Molecular phylogeny, circumscription and reclassification of the family with discussion of its biogeography and evolution of life-history traits. Cladistics. 10.1111/cla.12228.

Janšta P, Delvare G, Krogmann L, Schütte K, Peters RS. 2016. Systematics, biology and distribution of Microdontomerus iridis (Picard, 1930), comb. n. (Hymenoptera, Torymidae, Toryminae, Microdontomerini), a parasitoid of Mantodea oothecae. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 48: 1-18. https://doi.org/10.3897/JHR.48.7470


Photographs © Petr Janšta (Charles University, Prague).


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