Female Tineobius, photographed by Stephen Thorpe.

Belongs within: Eupelminae.

Tineobius is a genus of wasps that are either ectoparasitic on caterpillars or hyperparasitic on other parasitoids of those caterpillars (Bouček 1988).

Characters (from Bouček 1988): Head nearly or quite as high as broad, frons less than 1/3 of head breadth; scrobes not deep, not forming carinate channels; scutellum only moderately convex, without a crest of unusual black bristles; wings always developed, postmarginal vein at least twice as long as stigmal vein; hind tibia widened and at least major part of its dorsal laminate edge white; sixth tergite visible; ovipositor distinctly protruding, thin.

Tineobius Ashmead 1896 [incl. Anastatoidea Gahan 1927, Australeupelmus Girault 1921] B88
    |--*T. citri Ashmead 1896 B88
    |--T. beenleighi (Girault 1930) B88 (see below for synonymy)
    |--T. brachartonae [=*Anastatoidea brachartonae] B88
    |--T. columbi (Girault 1923) [=Metapelma columbi, Anastatoidea columbi] B88
    |--T. decoratus (Ferrière 1938) [=Anastatoidea decorata] B88
    |--T. indicus [=Anastatoidea indica] B88
    |--T. longfellowi (Girault 1923) [=Metapelma longfellowi, Anastatoidea longfellowi] B88
    |--T. longicauda [=Anastatoidea longicauda] B88
    |--T. multicolor (Girault 1915) [=Eupelmus multicolor, *Australeupelmus multicolor] B88
    |--T. nassaui (Girault 1933) [=Metapelma (Tineobius) nassaui] B88
    |--T. salomonis (Ferrière 1938) [=Anastatoidea salomonis] B88
    |--T. sidneyi (Girault 1930) [=Metapelma sidneyi] B88
    `--T. superbus (Dodd 1917) [=Metapelma superba, Anastatoidea superba] B88

Tineobius beenleighi (Girault 1930) B88 [=Metapelma beenleighi B88, Anastatoidea beenleighi B88, Matapelma (l. c.) beenleighi G30]

*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).

[G30] Girault, A. A. 1930. New pests from Australia. VII. 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: 270-272).

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