Afrobethylus Ramos & Azevedo

Ramos, Magno S. & Azevedo, Celso O., 2016, Afrobethylus Ramos & Azevedo, gen. nov., a new remarkable Afrotropical genus of Bethylinae (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae), Zootaxa 4097 (4), pp. 495-510: 496

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http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4097.4.3

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scientific name

Afrobethylus Ramos & Azevedo
status

gen. nov.

Afrobethylus Ramos & Azevedo  , gen. nov.

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Diagnosis. Antenna with 10 flagellomeres. Notaulus absent. Metapectal-propodeal complex without median longitudinal carina; metapostnotal-propodeal suture inconspicuous; posterior transverse carina absent. Fu Vshaped; 1 vf large; 2 vf large; vr 2 broadly enlarged, bifid; pp 2 vf present, curved.

Description. Female. Head. Mandible with four sharpened apical teeth. Antenna with 10 flagellomeres. Mesosoma  . Notaulus absent. Mesoscutellum with pair of elongate and inclined foveae. Metapectal-propodeal complex coriaceous-punctate; without median longitudinal carina; metapostnotal-propodeal suture inconspicuous; posterior transverse carina absent. Mesopleuron coriaceous-punctate; mesopleural pit shallow. Prosternum large, excavated medially. Forewing. Costal cell conspicuous only apically; second radial cell closed, long, triangular; Rs vein shorter than M vein; stigma well developed. Legs. Profemur expanded. Tarsal claws bifid, strongly curved. Genitalia. Fu V-shaped; 1 vf large; vr 1 large; 2 vf large; vr 2 broadly enlarged, bifid; d 1 vf thorn shaped; pp 2 vf present, curved; distal region of the sting tapering abruptly; 3 vv wide, and long.

Male. unknown.

Type-species. Afrobethylus zulu Ramos & Azevedo  , sp. nov.

Species included. Afrobethylus antankarana Ramos & Azevedo  , sp. nov., A. antemoro Ramos & Azevedo  , sp. nov., A. bapedi Ramos & Azevedo  , sp. nov., A. swazi Ramos & Azevedo  , sp. nov., A. vezo Ramos & Azevedo  , sp. nov., A. zulu Ramos & Azevedo  , sp. nov.

Remarks. This genus is easily recognizable among the other genera of Bethylinae  by having the unique combination of antenna with ten flagellomeres and the forewing with second radial cell closed.

Etymology. The name Afrobethylus  is an allusion to the names “Africa”, continent from the specimen was collected, and the name “ Bethylus  ” the type genus of Bethylinae  .