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Chalinus oberthueri (Saussure)

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Orussoidea; Family: Orussidae; Genus: Chalinus)

Oryssus oberthueri Saussure, 1890. Holotype: depository unknown. Type locality: unknown.

?Chalinus oberthueri (Saussure) Species inquirenda (Vilhelmsen, 2001).




Madagascar or Reunion.


Unknown, but presumably a parasitoid of wood-boring insect larvae.


Saussure (1890) illustrated a specimen which he named Oryssus oberthueri; apparently, no proper written description was ever published, and no material has been associated with it. Judging from the illustrations, the species was tentatively transferred to Chalinus by Vilhelmsen (2001). However, given the absence of material, he also considered it to be a doubtful species and listed it as ?Chalinus oberthueri (Saussure, 1890) species inquirenda.


Saussure, H. de. 1890. Histoire naturelle des hyménoptéres. In Grandidier: Histoire physique, naturelle et politique de Madagascar, vol 20. L'Imprimerie Nationale, Paris.

Vilhelmsen, L. 2001. Systematic revision of the genera Chalinus Konow, 1897 and Mocsarya Konow, 1897 (Hymenoptera, Orussidae). Insect Systematics & Evolution 32: 361-380.

Vilhelmsen, L. 2003. Phylogeny and classification of the Orussidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera), a basal parasitic wasp taxon. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 139: 337-418.

Vilhelmsen, L. 2004. The old wasp and the tree: fossils, phylogeny and biogeography in the Orussidae (Insecta, Hymenoptera). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 82: 139-160.

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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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