Enicospilus, Stephens, 1835

Gadallah, Neveen S., Soliman, Ahmed M., Rousse, Pascal & Al Dhafer, Hathal M., 2017, The genus Enicospilus Stephens, 1835 (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Ophioninae) in Saudi Arabia, with twelve new species records and the description of five new species, European Journal of Taxonomy 365, pp. 1-69: 56

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Enicospilus   sp. 2 cf. bicoloratus Cameron, 1915  

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B 18–19; F 13; AI 0.6; ICI 0.52; CI 0.46; SDI 1.3; NI 1.8; ML 0.46; CT 1.7; POL 0.38; OOL 0.38; FI 0.5; Fl1–2 1.6; Fl20 3.0.

Body bright orange overall, with white on vertex, posterior border of eye and orbits just above emargination; metasomal T5 and T 6 in profile with black ventrally, ovipositor sheath and claws black, antennae dark brown, pterostigma yellow bordered with black above and behind; mandible twisted, with upper tooth 1.25 × as long as lower tooth; clypeus convex in profile, ventral margin in-turned; face 1.2 × as high as wide; antenna short, with 47 flagellomeres; mesopleuron puncto-striate, metapleuron punctate; basal transverse carina of propodeum distinct but weak, anterior area finely and shallowly punctate, posterior area reticulate; proximal sclerite triangular; central sclerite fully sclerotized; hind wing with 5 distal hamuli on R1; fore tibia sparsely spinose.

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SAUDI ARABIA: 1 ♀, Shada Al Ala (Al Baha), light trap 2, 27 Jan. 2015, leg. Al Dhafer et al. ( KSMA).


This species closely resembles E. bicoloratus   in almost all alar indices, the puncto-striate mesopleuron, the punctate metapleuron and the black apex of the metasoma. However, it differs from E. bicoloratus   in the following: lower face 1.2 × as long as broad (in E. bicoloratus   1.4 × as long as broad); antennae relatively short, with 47 flagellomeres (in E. bicoloratus   with 50–56 flagellomeres); hind wing with 5 distal hamuli on R1 (in E. bicoloratus   with 5–7 distal hamuli on R1).


Saudi Arabia.