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Pycnostigmus incognito Buffington & van Noort

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

Pycnostigmus incognito Buffington & van Noort 2007. Holotype: in Iziko South African Museum. Type Locality: Langberg Farm (3km 270 W Langebaanweg), 3258.461'S 1807.344'E (Western Cape Province, South Africa)

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Distribution

South Africa: Western Cape Province: Langberg Farm; Koeberg Nature Reserve

Biology

Unknown

Diagnosis

Separated from P. mastersonae by head and mesosoma being non-metallic; separated from P. fossilensis by having disk of scutellum weakly carinate (center smooth in P. fossilensis); separated from P. rostratus and P. hoerikwaggoensis by having mesopleuron almost entirely smooth (striate in P. rostratus and P. hoerikwaggoensis).

Etymology

Name refers to the mask-like shagreened surface sculpturing on frons and clypeal region.

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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