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Melanips Walker

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Cynipoidea; Family: Figitidae; Subfamily: Aspicerinae)

Melanips Walker in Haliday, 1835. Type species: 

Identification keys

Melanips alienus Giraud, 1860 (Kenya, Yemen. Widespread in Europe and North Africa)

Distribution

Afrotropical, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oriental, Palaearctic regions.

Biology

Parasitoid of aphidivorous Brachycera larvae (Evenhuis, 1968; Fergusson, 1986; Buffington et al. 2012); label data of several specimens in BMNH (from Kenya and India) records them as reared from Lecopis (Chamaemyiidae), some with host remains

References

Buffington ML, Brady S, Morita S, van Noort S 2012. Divergence estimates and early evolutionary history of Figitidae (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea). Systematic Entomology 37: 287304.

Evenhuis H 1968. Some ecological facts about two Dutch Melanips species. Entomologische Berichten 28: 175176.

Fergusson NDM 1986. Charipidae, Ibaliidae & Figitidae: Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects, vol 8, pt 1c. London. 155.

van Noort, S, Buffington ML & Forshage, M. 2015. Afrotropical Cynipoidea (Hymenoptera). ZooKeys 493: 1-176. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.493.6353

Credits

Photographs Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa)

Matt Buffington (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA/ARS) and Mattias Forshage (Swedish Museum of Natural History) both played an integral role in the development of the Cynipoidea pages.

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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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