Ixodiphagus Howard,

Hayat, Mohammad & Veenakumari, Kamalanathan, 2015, Description of four new species of brachypterous Encyrtidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) from India, Zootaxa 3990 (2), pp. 259-271: 263

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Ixodiphagus Howard


Genus Ixodiphagus Howard 

The genus Ixodiphagus  contains 14 world species ( Noyes 2015), all of which are macropterous, except for I. taiaroaensis Heath & Cane (2010)  , which is brachypterous. The new species described here is peculiar, with large pronotum, short and transverse mesoscutum, very short fore wings, and was initially considered as probably belonging to an undescribed (new) genus. However, detailed study and the opinion of Dr. J.S. Noyes, led to its identification as a species of Ixodiphagus  . This newly described species would not key correctly to genus in any key to brachypterous forms, but it would key correctly to Ixodiphagus  if the species is taken through keys as if it is macropterous (e.g. Noyes & Hayat 1984; Trjapitzin 1989; Noyes et al. 1997; Hayat 2006).