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Leptorussus Benson

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

Leptorussus Benson, 1955. Type species: Leptorussus africanus Benson, 1955

ClassificationIdentification keys

Leptorussus africanus Benson, 1955
  Leptorussus kwazuluensis Vilhelmsen, 2003

Leptorussus madagascarensis Vilhelmsen, 2007


Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe.





Benson, R.B. 1955. Classification of the Orussidae with some new genera and species (Hymenoptera: Symphyta). Proceedings of the Royal Entomological Society of London 24: 1323.

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. 2007. The phylogeny of Orussidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) revisited. Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny 65 (2): 111-118.

Vilhelmsen L, Blank SM, Sechi D, Ndiaye MM, Niang AA, Guisse A, van Noort S. 2017. The Orussidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) of Africa. Proceedings of the American Entomological Society 119: 879- 930. https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797.119.SpecialIssue.879


Photographs Simon van Noort & Natural History Museum, London. Images taken with hand held SLR (Nikon D80), 105 mm macro lens and slave flashes diffused through polystyrene cup in 2003. Or photographs Lars Vilhelmsen (Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen).

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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