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Key to genera of Afrotropical Figitinae (Figitidae)

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

ClassificationCynipoidea keys


1. Scutellar foveae confluent (a). Small, rather slender species (b) ...Lonchidia


— Scutellar foveae distinctly separated by a median carina (A, B). Larger, strongly built species ...2


2. No distinct scutellar spine (a), outline of scutellum in dorsal view rounded (however there is often a more or less pronounced tooth at the posteriormost point of the circumscutellar carina, which may look like a small “spine” in lateral view) (b) ...Figites


— Distinct scutellar spine present, obviously protruding from scutellar outline in dorsal view (A, B) ...3


3. Notauli sculptured with small transverse ridges (a). Interfoveal carina depressed, much lower than the level of the foveal edge (b) ...Xyalophora


— Notauli smooth (A). Interfoveal carina as high as the foveal edge (B) ...Neralsia



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

van Noort, S, Buffington ML & Forshage, M. 2014. Review of Afrotropical Figitinae (Figitidae, Cynipoidea, Hymenoptera) with the first records of Neralsia and Lonchidia for the region. ZooKeys 453: 37–69. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.453.8511


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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