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Pycnostigmus hoerikwaggoensis Buffington & van Noort

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

Pycnostigmus hoerikwaggoensis Buffington & van Noort 2007. Holotype: in Iziko South African Museum. Type Locality: Constantiaberg, Table Mountain National Park.

Pycnostigmus_hoerikwaggoensis_habitus Pycnostigmus_hoerikwaggoensis_head
Pycnostigmus_hoerikwaggoensis_mesosoma_latera Pycnostigmus_hoerikwaggoensis_mesosoma_dorsal
Pycnostigmus_hoerikwaggoensis_wing Pycnostigmus_hoerikwaggoensis_labels

Distribution

South Africa: Western Cape Province: Constantiaberg (Table Mountain National Park) and Hottentots Holland Mountains near Caledon.

Biology

Unknown

Diagnosis

Separated from P. mastersonae by head and mesosoma being non-metallic; separated from P. fossilensis by having disk of scutellum rugose (center smooth in P. fossilensis); separated from P. rostratus by lacking deep fovea on the lateral aspects of the pronotum (foveolate in P. rostratus); separated from P. incognito by having numerous strigae on the mesopleuron (few to no strigae in P. incognito).

Etymology

Named in honour of Table Mountain National Park. The original inhabitants of the Cape, the Khoi Khoi, called Table Mountain Hoerikwaggo "sea mountain" or "mountain in the sea". The type locality, Constantiaberg, now forms part of Table Mountain National Park. One of the tents at the Silvermine tented camp (forming part of the Hoerikwaggo trail) is named after the wasp.

References

Buffington, M.L. & van Noort, S. 2007. A world revision of Pycnostigminae (Cynipoidea: Figitidae) with descriptions of seven new species. Zootaxa 1392: 1-30

Credits

Photographs and map illustration Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa), first published in Zootaxa 1392.

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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