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Classification

Scelio afer Kieffer

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

 

Scelio afer Kieffer 1905. Holotype: in Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris (MNHN). Type locality: Mocquerys (Gambia).

Scelio africanus Risbec 1950. Holotype: in Museum National d'Histoire Naturellle, Paris. Type locality: *. Synonymy by Yoder et al. 2014.

Scelio clarus Fouts 1934. Holotype: in Museo Zoologico "La Specola", Italy. Type locality: *. Synonymy by Yoder et al. 2014.

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Figures 329332 Scelio afer (Kieffer). 329 Head, dorsal view, female (OSUC 212366) 330 Mouthparts, anterior view, female (OSUC 250693) 331 Metasoma, lateral view, male (OSUC 250691) 332 Metasoma, ventral view, male (OSUC 250691). bt, basal tooth of mandible; dep, metasomal sternite depressions. Scale bars in millimeters.

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Figures 335340. Scelio afer (Kieffer), female (OSUC 212366). 335 Habitus, dorsal view 336 Habitus, lateral view 337 Head and mesosoma, dorsal view 338 Head and mesosoma, lateral view 339 Head, anterior view 340 Metasoma, lateral view. t3p, micropilosity of anterolateral corner of T3. Scale bars in millimeters.

Distribution

Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Link to distribution Map (Hymenoptera online database).

Biology

Living in Acacia nilotica (Linnaeus) [Fabales: Fabaceae]; emerged
from ootheca of Acrida madecassa (Brancsik) [Orthoptera: Acrididae].

References

Cameron, A. E. 1905. On the Hymenoptera of the Albany Museum, Grahamstown, South Africa. (Second paper). Records of the Albany Museum 1: 185-244.

Yoder, M., Valerio, A., Polaszek, A., van Noort, S., Masner, L., Johnson, N. 2014. Monograph of the Afrotropical species of Scelio Latreille (Hymenoptera, Platygastridae), egg parasitoids of acridid grasshoppers (Orthoptera, Acrididae). ZooKeys 380: 1-188. (doi: 10.3897/zookeys.380.5755).

Credits

Photographs of holotype Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa); photographs of non-type pecimens Matt Yoder.
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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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