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Key to genera of Afrotropical Charipinae (Figitidae)

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

ClassificationCynipoidea keys


1. Metasoma with a syntergite (sometimes with second tergite separate as a small anterior ring, but no posterior tergites visible) (a). Two apical segments of female antennae immovably conjoined (). Wing veins do not reach wing edge (a) ...2


Metasoma with posterior tergites visible (A). The two apical segments of antennae always movable (B). Wing veins reach wing edge ...3


2. Second tergite separate as a small anterior ring (a). Scutellum laterally smooth; apical ridge small (b). Subcosta running near wing edge. Common ...Dilyta


Second tergite merged with syntergite (A). Scutellum with lateral ridges (B) and pronounced apical ridge (B). Subcosta running near middle of wing. Rare ...Apocharips


3. With mesopleural line (a). Variable but usually more "figitid-looking", darkly colored, with a long marginal cell (b) ...Phaenoglyphis


Without mesopleural line (A). Usually tiny, pale, with a short marginal cell (B) ...Alloxysta



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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