Purbeck mason wasp Pseudepipona herrichii, copyright Nigel Jones.

Belongs within: Eumeninae.

Pseudepipona is a cosmopolitan genus of morphologically fairly unspecialised mason wasps with the propodeum reduced, so part of the posterior face of the mesosoma is formed by the posterior face of the postscutellum, and the first metasomal tergite nearly as wide as the second (Giordani Soika 1961b). In members of the type subgenus, the boundary between the dorsal and posterior surfaces of the postscutellum is smoothly rounded whereas species of Anthodynerus have a distinct carina separating the sections.

<==Pseudepipona Saussure 1856 C85
    |--P. (Pseudepipona) GS61b
    |    |--*P. (P.) herrichii (Saussure 1856) [=Odynerus herrichii] C85
    |    |--P. (P.) aspra Giordani Soika 1962 GS61b, C85
    |    `--P. (P.) succincta (Saussure 1853) GS61b, C85 (see below for synonymy)
    |         |--P. s. succincta [incl. Odynerus balyi Saussure 1855] C85
    |         `--P. s. purgata Giordani Soika 1977 C85
    `--P. (Anthodynerus) GS61a
         |--P. (A.) indecora (Cameron 1910) [=Odynerus indecorus] GS61a
         |--P. (A.) proterrens GS61a
         `--P. (A.) synagroides (Saussure 1853) [=Rhynchium synagroides, Odynerus synagroides] GS61a

Pseudepipona incertae sedis:
  P. alaris (Saussure 1853) [=Odynerus (Leionotus) alaris] C85
  P. angulata (Saussure 1856) [=Odynerus angulatus] C85
    |--P. a. angulata C85
    `--P. a. alexandriae (Giordani Soika 1941) [=Odynerus (Rhynchium) angulatus alexandriae] C85
  P. chartergiformis Giordani Soika 1962 C85
  P. clypalaris Giordani Soika 1962 C85
  P. erythrospila (Cameron 1905) [=Odynerus erythrospilus] GS61a
  P. meadewaldoi (Bequaert 1918) [=Odynerus meadewaldoi; incl. O. deceptor Meade Waldo 1915 (preoc.)] GS61a
  P. pallida Giordani Soika 1977 C85
  P. posticus [incl. Odynerus hottentotus] GS61a

Pseudepipona (Pseudepipona) succincta (Saussure 1853) GS61b, C85 [=Odynerus (Leionotus) succinctus C85, O. (Rhynchium) succinctus C85]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[C85] Cardale, J. C. 1985. Vespoidea and Sphecoidea. In: Walton, D. W. (ed.) Zoological Catalogue of Australia vol. 2. Hymenoptera: Formicoidea, Vespoidea and Sphecoidea pp. 150–303. Australian Government Publishing Service: Canberra.

[GS61a] Giordani Soika, A. 1961a. Hymenoptera (Aculeata): Vespidae. In: Hanström, B., P. Brinck & G. Rudebeck (eds) South African Animal Life: Results of the Lund University Expedition in 1950–1951 vol. 8 pp. 440–451. Almqvist & Wiksell: Uppsala.

[GS61b] Giordani Soika, A. 1961b. Gli Odynerus sensu antiquo del continente Australiano e della Tasmania. Boll. Mus. Civ. Venezia 14: 57–202.

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