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Key to Leptorussus species

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

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1. Sculpture on head posterior to eye, pronotum, mesoscutum, mesoscutellum and lateral mesopleuron punctate, with large interspaces (a). Pronotum with broad, glabrous posterodorsal margin (a, b) Leptorussus madagascarensis


- Sculpture on head posterior to eye, mesoscutum, mesoscutellum and lateral mesopleuron predominantly areolate, carinate between depressions (A). Pronotal posterodorsal margin not glabrous (A) Leptorussus africanus


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, Blank SM, Sechi D, Ndiaye MM, Niang AA & van Noort S. The Orussidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) of Africa.


Photographs Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa) or

photographs Lars Vilhelmsen (Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen) or photographs Stephen M. Blank (Senckenberg Deutsches Entomologisches Institut).

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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