Female Pleistodontes imperialis, photographed by S. E. Thorpe.

Belongs within: Agaonidae.

Pleistodontes is an Australasian genus of wasps that pollinate figs of Ficus section Malvanthera (Bouček 1988).

Characters (from Bouček 1988): Females with head slightly to strongly longer than broad, with long subparallel genae; mandibular appendage usually with more than 20 laminae, these sometimes denticulate; amennal scape either slender, fully 3 times as long as broad or shorter but then in dorsal part thin foliaceous; apical spiracles of gaster without long peritremata. Males with reduced wings, all tarsi five-segmented.

Pleistodontes Saunders 1882 (see below for synonymy) B88
    |--+--P. blandus Wiebes 1963 MH11, B88
    |  `--P. froggatti Mayr 1906 MH11, B88 [incl. P. mayri Girault 1939 B88, P. semiruficeps Girault 1929 B88]
    `--+--*P. imperialis Saunders 1883 B88, MH11, B88
       `--+--P. nitens (Girault 1915) MH11, B88 [=*Neoceratosolens nitens B88; incl. P. regalis Grandi 1952 B88]
          `--+--P. rigisamos MH11
             `--+--P. greenwoodi (Grandi 1928) MH11, B88 [=Blastophaga greenwoodi B88]
                `--P. xanthocephalus MH11

Pleistodontes incertae sedis:
  P. addicotti D03
  P. athysanus D03
  P. austrobocheilus D03
  P. cuneatus D03
  P. deuterus D03
  P. galbinus Wiebes 1977 B88
  P. immaturus Wiebes 1963 B88
  P. listzi Girault 1932 G32
  P. longicaudus Wiebes 1977 B88
  P. macrocainus D03
  P. mandibularis Wiebes 1977 B88
  P. medioniger (Girault 1933) [=*Proceratosolens medionigra] B88
  P. nigricaput Girault 1927 B88
  P. nigris Girault 1925 B88
  P. nigriventris (Girault 1915) [=Agaon nigriventris] B88
  P. plebejus Wiebes 1963 B88
  P. proximus D03
  P. rennellensis Wiebes 1968 [=P. blandus rennellensis] B88
  P. rieki Wiebes 1963 B88
  P. schizodontes D03

Pleistodontes Saunders 1882 [=Plistodontes Schulz 1906; incl. Neoceratosolens Girault 1915, Proceratosolens Girault 1933] 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).

[D03] Dixon, D. J. 2003. A taxonomic revision of the Australian Ficus species in the section Malvanthera (Ficus subg. Urostigma: Moraceae). Telopea 10 (1): 125-153.

[G32] Girault, A. A. 1932. New lower Hymenoptera from Australia and India. Privately published (reprinted Gordh, G., A. S. Menke, E. C. Dahms & J. C. Hall. 1979. The privately printed papers of A. A. Girault. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 28: 293-298).

[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.

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