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Key to Stentorceps species (Nielsen & Buffington, 2011)

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

ClassificationFigitidae keysCynipoidea keys

1. Corniculum large, obscuring most of frons and part of toruli (in anterior view), heavily flared (Figs A & B) ...2

- Corniculum small, much of frons and all of toruli exposed (in anterior view), flaring weak or absent (No figures) ...4

2. Anterior half of the dorsal surface of scutellum smooth (Fig. D); dorsal surface of corniculum variably shaped, but not oblong ...3

- Anterior half of dorsal scutellar surface striate (Fig. B); dorsal surface of corniculum oblong ...Stentorceps heimdalli Nielsen & Buffington

3. Dorsal surface of corniculum circular ...Stentorceps abbotti Nielsen & Buffington

- Dorsal surface of corniculum ovoid ...Stentorceps tubicen Quinlan

4. Corniculum parallel sided, not flared; pyriform protuberances variable in width ...5

- Corniculum weakly flared; pyriform protuberances half the width of toruli ...Stentorceps vuvuzela Nielsen & Buffington

5. Distinct spine immediately dorsal to medial protuberance on clypeus; pyriform protuberances equal to width of toruli ...Stentorceps weedlei Nielsen & Buffington

- Spine dorsal to medial protuberance on clypeus absent; pyriform protuberances half the width of toruli ...Stentorceps zuparkoi Nielsen & Buffington


Nielsen, M. & Buffington, M. 2011. Redescription of Stentorceps Quinlan, 1984 (Hymenoptera: Figitidae), with a description of five new species. African Entomology 19: 597613.

Quinlan, J. 1984. Stentorceps, a remarkable new genus of eucoilid (Hymenoptera) from Africa. Systematic Entomology 9: 479485. urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub: B28A151C-9622-4EAD-9C5C-B1D5668C9DB7.

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


Photographs Nielsen & Buffington.

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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