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Oberthuerella kibalensis van Noort & Buffington

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

Oberthuerella kibalensis van Noort & Buffington, 2012. Holotype: in Iziko South African Museum (SAMC). Type Locality: Kibale Forest, Uganda.

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Distribution

Uganda. MAP

Diagnosis

Closely related to O. nigrescens Benoit, but pubescence on metasoma and legs silvery white instead of golden orange, and face, pronotal and mesopleural sculpture different: pronotum laterally with longitudinal striations; mesopleuron anteriorly with strong longitudinal striations grading into weak punctures in dorso-posterior half; metasoma (except for tergites 1,2 and 6, which are black) and legs reddish brown; fine scattered white pubescence on upper lateral surface of metasomal segments 57, as well as on hind femur and all tibia and tarsi; face with strong striations meeting between anterior tentorial pits; eye length equal to cheek length, whereas O. nigrescens eye length is distinctly longer (1.23X) than length of gena.

Etymology

Named after Kibale Forest, Uganda, the type locality.

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 Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

Matt Buffington (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA/ARS) and Mattias Forshage (Swedish Museum of Natural History) both played an integral role in the development of the Cynipoidea pages..

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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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