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Oberthuerella breviscutellaris Benoit

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Cynipoidea;  Family: Liopteridae; Subfamily: Oberthuerellinae; Genus: Oberthuerella)

Oberthuerella breviscutellaris Benoit 1955. Holotype: in Africa Museum, Tervuren. Type Locality: Luashi, Democratic Republic of Congo.

HOLOTYPE

 

Non-type  

Distribution

Democratic Republic of Congo; Kenya, Zimbabwe. MAP

Diagnosis

This species has a distinctly striate lateral aspect of the pronotum, as well as a horizontally striate mesopleuron; these features are shared with O. kibalensis and O. sharkeyi, but differs from the former by having an entirely orange metasoma (dark brown/black in O. kibalensis), and differs from the latter having 10 subfovea present at the anterior base of the scutellum (4 subfovea in O. sharkeyi).

Biology

Unknown.

References

Benoit, P.L.G. 1955. Les Liopteridae Oberthurellinae du Congo Belge. Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines 52: 283293.

Buffington, M.L. & van Noort, S. 2012. Revision of the Afrotropical Oberthuerellinae (Cynipoidea: Liopteridae). Zookeys 202: 1-154.

Quinlan, J. 1979. A revisionary classification of the Cynipoidea (Hymenoptera) of the Ethiopian Zoogeographical Region. Aspicerinae (Figitidae) and Oberthuerellinae (Liopteridae). Bulletin of the British Museum of Natural History (Entomology) 39: 85-133.

Ronquist, F. 1995. Phylogeny and classification of the Liopteridae, an archaic group of cynipoid wasps (Hymenoptera). Entomologica Scandinavica Supplement 46: 1-74.

Credits

Photographs of Holotype Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa); non-type Matt Buffington (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA/ARS)

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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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