n African Entomology - sp. n. (Hymenoptera: Eurytomidae), a leaf-borer of Bryophyllum delagoense (Crassulaceae) from Madagascar and a candidate for the biocontrol of the plant in Australia

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The phytophagous eurytomid wasp sp. n. from Madagascar is described and illustrated with scanning electron micrographs. Its host plant, (Ecklon & Zeyher) Schinz, is indigenous to Madagascar but has been introduced to other countries as an ornamental, becoming invasive in some places, including Queensland, Australia. This new species tunnels in the leaves and tests showed it to be a suitable candidate for the biocontrol of this weed. The generic and specific identities of the new species are discussed and its distinguishing characters are defined. The new species is assigned to Illiger on the basis of structures on the back of the head. It belongs to an assemblage of species, some of which are known phytophages. It shows resemblance to species of Ashmead and Walker, but critical differences are pointed out.

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