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Systematics of the parasitic wasp genus PhanerotomellaSzépligeti (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Cheloninae) for Australia, with descriptions of 18 new species

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Australian chelonine wasps have been poorly studied and yet they are a common feature of the continent’s braconid fauna. PhanerotomellaSzépligeti has previously been considered to be a small genus known from three described species for Australia. However, recent intensive collecting reveals a more species rich fauna. Here we undertake a systematic revision of Australian Phanerotomellaand, in so doing, redescribe the three previous species ( P. longipesSzépligeti, 1900, P. minutaZettel, 1989 and P. sculpturataSzépligeti, 1900) and describe 18 new species; P. ashmeadisp. n., P. brevivenasp. n., P. castaneasp. n., P. curtogastersp. n., P. dentatasp. n., P. dimorphasp. n., P. discoloriasp. n., P. flavenssp. n., P. kimbaensissp. n., P. kriegerisp. n., P. microcellatasp. n., P. naumannisp. n., P. nivistigmasp. n., P. obscurasp. n., P. phanerotomoidessp. n., P. pungogastersp. n., P. szepligetiisp. n. and P. variatasp. n. A dichotomous key is included to facilitate identification of the species along with a discussion of the monophyly and distribution of the genus.

Affiliations: 1: Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity, and School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia


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