Diapriidae

Female Platymischus dilatatus, from Katja Seltmann.


Belongs within: Proctotrupomorpha.

The Diapriidae are a family of small endoparasitic wasps, primarily attacking Diptera but with some species associated with Hymenoptera or Coleoptera.

Characters (from Naumann 1991): Small (1–6 mm). Antennae usually 9–15-segmented in females, 12–14-segmented in males, usually inserted remote from clypeus on a prominent frontal shelf; wing venation reduced or wings absent; trochantellus present; tergite 2 and sternite 2 fused to form petiole; tergite 3 and sternite 3 or 4 large; cerci digitiform or plate-like. Sexual dimorphism often marked.

<==Diapriidae
    |  i. s.: Malvina punctata M83
    |         Trichopria M83
    |         Spilomicius M83
    |         Polypeza B88
    |--Ambositra Z02 [Ambositrinae GE05]
    |    `--A. famosa Z02
    |--Belytinae A71
    |    |--+--Belyta MH11
    |    |  `--Opazon MH11
    |    `--+--+--Anommatium MH11
    |       |  `--Aclista MH11
    |       `--+--Cinetus californicus MH11
    |          `--Miota MH11
    `--Diapriinae A71
         |--Platymischus dilatatus A71
         |--Loxotropa A71
         |--Galesus A71
         `--Diapria B88

*Type species of generic name indicated

REFERENCES

[A71] Askew, R. R. 1971. Parasitic Insects. Heinemann Educational Books: London.

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

[GE05] Grimaldi, D., & M. S. Engel. 2005. Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge University Press: New York.

[M83] Martin, N. A. 1983. Miscellaneous observations on a pasture fauna: An annotated species list. DSIR Entomology Division Report 3: 1-98.

[MH11] Munro, J. B., J. M. Heraty, R. A. Burks, D. Hawks, J. Mottern, A. Cruaud, J.-Y. Rasplus & P. Jansta. 2011. A molecular phylogeny of the Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera). PLoS One 6 (11): e27023.

Naumann, I. D. 1991. Hymenoptera. In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers, 2nd ed., vol. 2, pp. 916-1000. Melbourne University Press.

[Z02] Zherikhin, V. V. 2002. Ecological history of the terrestrial insects. In History of Insects (A. P. Rasnitsyn & D. L. J. Quicke, eds) pp. 331-388. Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht.

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