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Key to genera of Afrotropical Aspicerinae (Figitidae)

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

ClassificationCynipoidea keys


1. Posterior part of scutellum rounded (a), or concave (b) 2


Posterior part of scutellum with a medial spine (A, B) 3


2. Posterior part of scutellum concave (a); scutellum with lateral ridges (a). Occipital carina present dorsally (medially interrupted) (a); occiput with transverse striations (a). Face with lateral carinae extending from lateral ocelli to antennal scrobes (b) Anacharoides


Posterior part of scutellum rounded (A); scutellum smooth without lateral ridges (A). Occipital carina dorsally absent; occiput smooth (A). Face without carinae (B) Melanips


3. Vertex with a median vertical groove backwards to occiput (a, b); carinae extend from posterior ocelli forwards to antennae; ocelli raised; compound eyes bounded by a strong continuous carina (a, b) Prosaspicera


Vertex without a groove (B), ocelli hardly raised, carina surrounding compound eyes always interrupted near malar space (A) Aspicera



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


Photographs Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa) or Matt Buffington (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA/ARS).

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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