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Classification

Scelio poecilopterus Priesner

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

 

Scelio poecilopterus Priesner, 1951. Holotype: location unknown. Paratype: in United States National Museum. Type locality: Egypt.

Scelio princeps Nixon, 1958. Holotype: in The Natural History Museum, London. Type locality: Eritrea: Wekiro (Wakhiro) (synonymy by Yoder et al. 2009).

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Distribution

Egypt, Eritrea, India, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

Link to distribution MAP (Hymenoptera online database).

Biology

Egg parasitoid of Acrotylus longipes (Charpentier) (Orthoptera: Acrididae, Oedipodinae); Diabolocatantops axillaris (Thunberg) (Orthoptera: Acrididae, Catantopinae; cited as Catantops axillaris); Ochrilidia gracilis (Krauss) (Orthoptera: Acrididae, Gomphocerinae); Heteracris littoralis (Rambur) (Orthoptera: Acrididae, Eyprepocnemidinae; cited as Thisoicetrus littoralis).

Reference

Nixon, G. E. J. 1958. A synopsis of the African species of Scelio Latreille (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupoidea, Platygastridae). Trans. R. Entomol.Soc. Lond. 110:303-318.

Priesner H. 1951. New genera and species of Scelionidae (Hymenoptera, Proctotrupoidea) from Egypt. Bulletin de l’Institut Fouad I du Desert 1(2): 119–149.

Yoder, M., Valerio, A., Polaszek, A., Masner, L., Johnson, N. 2009. Revision of Scelio pulchripennis-group species (Hymenoptera, Platygastroidea, Platygastridae). ZooKeys 20: 53-118. (doi: 10.3897/zookeys.20.205).

Credits

Photographs © 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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