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Oberthuerella transiens (Benoit)

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

Tessmannella transiens Benoit, 1955. Holotype: in Africa Museum, Tervuren (MRCA).Type Locality: Kalemie (Albertville), Democratic Republic of Congo

 

Distribution

Democratic Republic of Congo. MAP

Diagnosis

The petiole on this species is unusually long, about 3x longer than its width; other species of Oberthuerella have petioles 2X longer than wide, or less.  In addition, O. transiens has light and dark patches on the forewing, rather than entirely infuscate or entirely hyaline as in other species.

Biology

Unknown.

Reference

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) (top 13) or Matt Buffington (Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA/ARS) (bottom 8).

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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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