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Tessmannella nigra Hedicke

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

Tessmannella nigra Hedicke 1912. Holotype: in ZMHU. Type Locality: Uelleburg (Equatorial Guinea).

HOLOTYPE  
NON-TYPE  

Distribution

Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea. MAP

Diagnosis

Closely resembles T. spinosa and T. expansa in having uniform infuscation of the forewings (basally hyaline in T. copelandi, T. kiplingi, and T. roberti); distinguished from T. spinosa and T. expansa by having the ventral malar space, immediately adjacent to the mandibular base, gently shagreened (distinctly striate in the latter two species).

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

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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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