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Platygastrine wasps of Africa and Madagascar

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


  Acerotella Masner, 1964
  Aceroteta Kozlov & Masner, 1977
  Allostemma Masner & Huggert, 1989
Ambylaspis Förster, 1856
  Ceratacis Thomson, 1859
Euxestonotus Fouts, 1925
  Gastrotrypes Brues, 1922
  Holocoeliella Huggert, 1981
  Inostemma Haliday, 1833
  Iphitrachelus Haliday, 1835
  Isostasius Förster, 1856
Leptacis Förster, 1856
  Piestopleura Förster, 1856
Platygaster Latrielle, 1809
  Proleptacis Kieffer, 1926

Synopeas Förster, 1856

  Trichacis Förster, 1856




Koinobiont parasitoids of gall midge (Cecidomyiidae) eggs developing only after the host has reached pupal or prepupal stage.


Ashmead, W.H. 1903. Classification of the pointed-tailed wasps, or the superfamily Proctotrypoidea. III. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 11: 86-99.

Buhl PN. 1997. Four new species of Platygastrinae (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae). Entomofauna, Zeitschrift für Entomologie 18: 93–100.
Buhl PN. 1997. On six new or little known species of Platygastrinae (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae). Phegea 25: 107–115.
Buhl PN. 1998. Key to world species of Euxestonotus Fouts (Hym., Platygastridae). Entomologist’s monthly magazine 134: 241–255.
Buhl PN. 2001. Taxonomical notes on Platygastridae (Hymenoptera, Platygastroidea). Entomofauna, Zeitschrift für Entomologie 22: 17–38.
Buhl PN. 2002. New species of Leptacis Förster from the Neotropical region (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Platygastridae: Platygastrinae). Reichenbachia 34: 347–355.
Buhl PN. 2003. New species of African Platygastrinae (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae). Phegea 31: 25-32.
Buhl PN. 2003. New or little known platygastrids (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae). Phegea 31: 183-192.
Buhl PN. 2004. New or little known species of Platygastrinae from Africa (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae). Entomofauna, Zeitschrift für Entomologie 25: 333-344.
Buhl PN. 2004. New African Platygastrinae (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae). Folia entomologica hungarica 65: 65–84.
Buhl PN. 2005. New species of South African Platygastrinae (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae). –Entomofauna, Zeitschrift für Entomologie 26: 281–304.
Buhl PN. 2006. Three new Afrotropical species of Platygastrinae (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae). Entomofauna,Zeitschrift für Entomologie 27: 209-213.
Buhl PN. 2009. Taxonomical studies on Oriental Platygastridae (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea). Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology 12: 123–132.
Buhl PN. 2010. Platygastridae from the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania (Hymenoptera, Platygastroidea). Journal of Afrotropical Zoology 6: 29–46.

Buhl PN. 2011. Species of Platygastrinae and Sceliotrachelinae from rainforest canopies in Tanzania, with keys to the Afrotropical species of Amblyaspis, Inostemma, Leptacis, Platygaster and Synopeas (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 154(1): 75-126. https://doi.org/10.1163/22119434-900000309

Buhl PN. 2014. New species and new records of Platygastrinae and Sceliotrachelinae from
Togo (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae). African Invertebrates 55: 67-117.

Buhl PN. 2015. New species of Platygastrinae from the Afrotropical region (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae). Entomofauna Zeitschrift für Entomologie 36: 313-332.

Buhl PN. 2019. A new species of Allotropa Förster (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae), parasitoid of Delottococcus aberiae (De Lotto) (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) in South Africa. Entomologist's Monthly Magazine 155: 59-64. https://doi.org/10.31184/M00138908.1551.3957

Chen H-Y, Lahey Z, Talamas EJ, Valerio AA,  Popovici OA, Musetti L, Klompen H, Polaszek A, Masner L, Austin AD, Johnson NF. 2021. An integrated phylogenetic reassessment of the parasitoid superfamily Platygastroidea (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupomorpha) results in a revised familial classification. Systematic Entomology 46(4): 1088-1113.


Masner L. 1960. A revision of the African species of the genus Leptacis Först. (Hymenoptera, Platygasteridae). Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines 62: 1–34.

Masner L. 1993. Superfamily Platygastroidea (pp. 558-565). In GOULET, H. & HUBER, J. (eds). Hymenoptera of the World: an identification guide to families. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 668 pp.

Masner, L. & Huggert, L. 1989. World review and keys to genera of the subfamily Inostemmatinae with reassignment of the taxa to the Platygastrinae and Sceliotrachelinae (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae). Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada, 147: 1-214.

Risbec, J. 1955. Platygasterinae de Madagascar (Hym. Proctotrupidae). Bulletin de la Société
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Risbec, J. 1955. Les parasites de Pseudococcus njalensis Laing. et de Pseudococcus bingervillensis Magnin. L’Agronomie Tropicale 10: 231–237.

Sundholm, A. 1970. Hymenoptera: Proctotrupoidea. South African Animal Life 14: 305-401.


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Photographs © Peter Buhl (Sakskøbing, Denmark).

Map illustration © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

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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