oa African Entomology - Revision of the otiteselline fig wasps (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Agaonidae), I: the Otitesella digitata species-group of the Afrotropical Region, with a key to Afrotropical species of Otitesella Westwood

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The Afrotropical representatives of the Otitesella digitata species-group are revised. This group of fig wasps is characterized by the presence of two apterous male morphological forms. The species group is centred in the Indo-Australasian Region, with a single descriptionbed species hitherto known from Africa. The females and both male forms of the following new species are descriptionbed: O. longicauda, O. nefdti, O. pseudoserrata and O. rotunda. The strict host-specificity of these fig wasps provides an indication of their potential distribution based on the distribution of their Ficus host-species (Moraceae). A key is provided to all descriptionbed Afrotropical species of Otitesella, including both sexes and both male morphological forms.

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