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Classification

Scelio taylori Nixon

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

 

Scelio taylori Nixon, 1958. Holotype: in BMNH, London. Type locality: Toro, Uganda.

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Figures 97102.130 Scelio taylori Nixon, female (OSUC 212801). 97 Habitus, dorsal view 98 Habitus, lateral view 99 Head and mesosoma, dorsal view 100 Head and mesosoma, lateral view 101 Head, anterior view 102 Head, lateral view. Scale bars in millimeters. gc, genal carina; occ, occipital carina; orbc, orbital carina.

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Figures 103108. Scelio taylori Nixon, female (OSUC 213180). 103 Habitus, dorsal view 104 Habitus, lateral view 105 Head and mesosoma, dorsal view 106 Head and mesosoma, lateral view 107 Head, anterior view 108 Head, lateral view. gc, genal carina; occ, occipital carina; orbc, orbital carina. Scale bars in millimeters.

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Figures 109114. Scelio taylori Nixon, female (OSUC 213533). 109 Habitus, dorsal view 110 Habitus,
lateral view 111 Head and mesosoma, dorsal view 112 Head and mesosoma, lateral view 113 Head, anterior
view 114 Head, lateral view. gc, genal carina; occ, occipital carina; orbc, orbital carina. Scale bars in millimeters.

 

Distribution

Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Link to distribution Map (Hymenoptera online database).

Biology

Host unknown, but probably an egg parasitoid of grasshoppers in the family Acrididae (Orthoptera).

References

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.380.5755

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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