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Tessmannella kiplingi Buffington & van Noort

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

Tessmannella kiplingi Buffington & van Noort, 2012. Holotype: in USNM Type Locality: Iboubikro, Lesio Louna Reserve, 0316.196'S 1528.267'E (Congo).

 

Distribution

Congo. MAP

Diagnosis

Closely resembles T. roberti and T. copelandi in having the medial area of the forewing hyaline; distinguished from these species by having two distinct infuscate patches on the forewing.  This species is further distinguished by the very distinctive wave-like texturing of the cuticle on the lateral aspects of the pronotum (areolate in other species of Tessmannella).

Etymology

Named in honor of Rudyard Kipling, author of Just So Stories and others about Africa.

Biology

Unknown.

References

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

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

Credits

Photographs 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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