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Platyscelio africanus Risbec

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

Platyscelio africanus Risbec, 1956. Type in: Type locality:

OSUC 250659

 
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OSUC207985  
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Distribution

Cameroon, Central African Republic, Benin, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zimbabwe. Link to distribution Map (Hymenoptera online database). Also recorded form French Guiana (Popovici et al 2018).

Biology

Parasitoid of eggs of “Locustidae" (probably Conocephalus species, Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae).

Reference

Taekul, C., Johnson, N.F., Masner, L., Polaszek, A., Rajmohana, K. 2010. World species of the genus Platyscelio Kieffer (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae) ZooKeys 50: 97–126.

doi: 10.3897/zookeys.50.485

Popovici OA, Masner L, Viciriuc M, Pintilioaie A, Notton DG & Talamas E. 2018. New distribution data for some charismatic tramp species of Platygastroidea (Hymenoptera). Zootaxa 4370: 1 – 22. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4370.1.1

Credits

Photographs © Charuwat Taekul (Ohio State University).

 

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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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