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Key to species in Scelio irwini group

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera;  Superfamily: Platygastroidea; Family Scelionidae; Subfamily: Scelioninae; Genus: Scelio)

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1. Mesopleural depression and metapleuron above hind coxa sculptured throughout (Fig. 286), without glabrous and smooth patch; dorsal head and upper frons with well-developed reticulations (Fig. 287); medial T2T4 with only narrow smooth patches or sculptured throughout (Fig. 288) ... Scelio obscuripennis


Mesopleural depression and metapleuron above hind coxa with a smooth and glabrous patch (Fig. 297); upper frons dorsoventrally carinate, or weakly reticulate (Fig. 299); medial T2T4 with broader smooth patches (Fig. 300) ... 2

 


2. Upper frons dorsoventrally carinate (Fig. 299); medial T3, and to slightly lesser degree T2 and T4, with prominent smooth patches, patches often lighter color (Fig. 300) ... Scelio irwini
 

Upper frons reticulate (Fig. 293); smooth patches of dorsal metasoma variously developed but typically smaller, and not lighter color (Fig. 289)... 3
 


3. Arcuate sculpture of frons "open": arching carinae terminating along the the malar sulcus (Fig. 293), arcuate sculpture near malar sulcus often obscured by reticulation in males; propodeum often with patch of obliterated to smooth sculpture anterolaterally, and usually with several prominent sinuate striae (Fig. 294); male RSS linear, finely carinate ... Scelio harinhalai


Arcuate sculpture of frons "closed", arching carinae terminating at or very near the base of the mandible (Fig. 305), arcuate sculpture not obscured by reticulation in males; propodeum more or less uniformly reticulate throughout, without smooth patches (Fig. 303); male RSS node-like ... Scelio parkeri



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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