Rhysacephala masneri, Jennings & Austin, 2009

Jennings, John & Austin, Andrew, 2009, Rhysacephala masneri n. sp. (Xiphydriidae), the first symphytan wasp recorded from Lord Howe Island, ZooKeys 20 (20), pp. 379-384: 381

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http://doi.org/ 10.3897/zookeys.20.121

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Rhysacephala masneri

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Rhysacephala masneri   sp. n.


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Type material: Holotype: female “ Lord Howe Island , NSW. 18 Sept 1991. G. R. Brown ”. ASCU – ASCT00026221.  

Etymology. Rhysacephala masneri   is named in honour of Lubomír Masner from the Canadian National Collection of Insects who is the world authority on the systematics of the parasitic wasp superfamilies Platygastroidea and ‘Proctotrupoidea’ s.l.

Diagnosis. Medium-sized species with head and antennae entirely black, 22 antennomeres, thorax and abdomen brown.

Description. Female: Length 7.7 mm.

Colour. Head black, thorax and abdomen brown, antennae black, legs light brown; fore and hind wings infuscate.

Head. 1.34 × as wide as long when viewed dorsally (Fig. 3); face and frons rugose, reticulate microsculpturing; vertex and gena reticulate; occipital carina narrow, almost absent medially; mandibles with 2 teeth; 22 antennomeres, scape 1.7 × length pedicel, first flagellomere 1.1 × length scape, 1.35 × as long as second flagellomere.


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