Sycophila

Sycophila biguttata, photographed by Miroslav Fiala.


Belongs within: Eurytominae.

Sycophila is a cosmopolitan genus of wasps with species found in both softer parts of plant galls and figs (Bouček 1988).

Characters (from Bouček 1988): Body slender; gena posteriorly without conspicuous straight carina; notauli rather shallow; marginal vein longer than stigmal, moderately to very strongly widened, stigmal and postmarginal veins short and not widened; propodeum with wavy cross-carina which medially adheres to anterior margin; petiole narrow, often dorsally concealed by convex base of gaster (in female); second tergite always much shorter than the large third (male) or fourth (female) tergite, gaster often compressed from side-to-side.

Sycophila Walker 1871 (see below for synonymy) B88
    |--*S. decatomoides Walker 1871 B88
    |--‘Decatoma’ batatoides [=*Eudecatoma batatoides] B88
    |--‘Eudecatoma’ biguttata A71
    |--S. decatoma Bouček 1988 (see below for synonymy) B88
    |--S. feralis (Girault 1915) [=Eudecatoma feralis] B88
    |--S. justitia (Girault 1915) [=Eudecatoma justitia] B88
    |--S. paucipunctata (Girault 1915) [=Eudecatoma paucipunctata] B88
    |--S. persephone (Girault 1927) B88 [=Decatoma persephone B88, Eudecatoma persephone G26]
    |--S. sidnica (Girault 1927) [=Decatoma sidnica] B88
    |--S. siphonodoni (Girault 1926) [=Eudecatoma siphonodoni] B88
    `--S. texana MH11

Sycophila Walker 1871 [incl. Decatomidea Ashmead 1888, Eudecatoma Ashmead 1888, Isanisa Walker 1875, Pseudisa Walker 1875, Tineomyza Rondani 1872] B88

Sycophila decatoma Bouček 1988 [=Eudecatoma decatomoides Girault 1915 non Sycophila decatomoides Walker 1871] 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).

[G26] Girault, A. A. 1926. New pests from Australia. II. 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: 200-202).

[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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