New species of Epitranus from Tanzania, photographed by Jean-Yves Rasplus.

Belongs within: Chalcidoidea.

Epitranus is an Old World genus of parasitic wasps (possibly introduced to the Americas) whose hosts, so far as is known, are small moths of the Pyralidae and Tineidae (Bouček 1988).

Characters (from Bouček 1988): Antennae inserted very low, on a shield overhanging mouth, scrobes virtually absent; forewing with marginal vein very long, stigmal rudimentary, postmarginal absent; apex of hind tibia tapering into a strong spine extended far beyond insertion of tarsus; gaster attached at coxae, on slender striate petiole which longer than half of gaster.

<==Epitranus Walker 1834 (see below for synonymy) B88
    |--*E. fulvescens B88
    |--E. atripennis Bouček 1982 B88
    |--E. bifasciatus Bouček 1982 B88
    |--E. dorsiplanus Bouček 1982 B88
    |--E. ferrugineus (Cameron 1912) (see below for synonymy) B88
    |--E. hassani Bouček 1982 B88
    |--E. io (Girault 1915) [=Chalcitelloides io] B88
    |--E. nigriscutum (Girault 1914) [=*Chalcitelloides nigriscutum] B88
    |--E. nigrithorax (Girault 1915) [=Chalcitelloides nigrithorax] B88
    |--E. nitens Bouček 1982 B88
    |--E. obsoletus Bouček 1982 B88
    |--*Neoanacryptus’ petiolatus B88
    |--*Paranacryptus’ sanguineus B88
    |--E. sedlaceki Bouček 1982 B88
    |--E. teleute (Walker 1838) (see below for synonymy) B88
    |--E. umbripennis Bouček 1982 B88
    `--E. vicinus Bouček 1982 B88

Epitranus Walker 1834 [incl. Anacryptus Kirby 1883, Arretocera Kirby 1883, Chalcitella Westwood 1835, Chalcitelloides Girault 1914, Neoanacryptus Girault 1913, Paranacryptus Girault 1915, Pararretoceroides Mani 1938; Epitraninae, Epitranini] B88

Epitranus ferrugineus (Cameron 1912) [=Anacryptus ferrugineus; incl. Paranacryptus hyalinus Girault 1915, P. sanguineus Girault 1915, Epitranus sanguineus] B88

Epitranus teleute (Walker 1838) [=Smiera teleute; incl. Chalcitella australiensis Girault 1913, Neoanacryptus hyalipennis Girault 1915, *N. petiolatus Girault 1913, N. regificus Girault 1915, Chalcitella piceiventris Cameron 1912] B88

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B88] Bouček, Z. 1988. Australasian Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera): A biosystematic revision of genera of fourteen families, with a reclassification of species. CAB International: Wallingford (UK).

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