Melittobia

Zhu, Chao-Dong, 2017, Notes on Kocourekia Bouček (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae: Tetrastichinae) with description of a new species from China, Zootaxa 4317 (2), pp. 391-400: 392

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4317.2.13

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:E7D0Afff-0125-4F98-A045-D446530Fd742

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/8A6A4702-646E-1232-FF5D-FB97FF44FA45

treatment provided by

Plazi

scientific name

Melittobia
status

 

The Melittobia  complex

Relationships between Melittobia  and several genera of Tetrastichinae  were discussed by Bouček (1966, 1977), Graham (1987, 1991), Dahms (1984), and LaSalle (1994). LaSalle (1994) discussed a close relationship between Melittobia  , Tachinobia  and Kocourekia  , which he characterized them as lacking a malar sulcus, having a somewhat flattened body with an elongate pronotum, female hypopygium extended beyond middle of gaster, midlobe of mesoscutum without a median line, and funicular segments generally wider than long to quadrate. Many species in this group have numerous scattered setae on the mesoscutum and/or scutellum. These genera also share a similar biology, as gregarious parasitoids or hyperparasitoids of aculeate Hymenoptera  or Tachinidae  ( Diptera  ). Males are unknown for Kocourekia  , but those of Melittobia  and Tachinobia  are highly modified, with reduced wings and eyes.