Pristomerus restio, Rousse & Noort, 2015

Rousse, Pascal & Noort, Simon van, 2015, Revision of the Afrotropical species of Pristomerus (Ichneumonidae: Cremastinae), with descriptions of 31 new species, European Journal of Taxonomy 124, pp. 1-129 : 84-85

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Pristomerus restio

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Pristomerus restio sp. nov.

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Small; head yellowish, medially, dorsally and posteriorly black; mesosoma mostly black with legs yellowish; metasoma mostly testaceous-brown; head densely and finely punctate-granulate, dorsally coriaceous; clypeus transverse; malar line long; ocelli reduced, widely separated; antenna with 28 flagellomeres, penultimate one distinctly elongate; entire mesosoma densely and finely rugose punctate, except pronotum centrally smoother; area superomedia stout and area petiolaris concave; fore wing with 2m-cu weakly apical to 2rs-m; female femoral tooth absent; ovipositor moderately short, evenly up-curved, apically swollen and down-curved but not sinuous. Male unknown.

Differential diagnosis

See P. protea sp. nov.


Refers to another one of the most emblematic flowers of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Noun in apposition.

Type material


SOUTH AFRICA: ♀, “ SOUTH AFRICA, W. Cape, Koeberg Nature Reserve, 33°37.622’S 18°24.259’E, 20 Mar–17 April 1998, S. van Noort, Malaise trap, KO98–M29, West Coast Strandveld , SAM–HYM– P047408” ( SAMC).



Female (holotype) B 3.9; A 2.8; F: 2.8; CT 1.7; ML 0.8; POL 2.1; OOL 1.5; Fl n-1 1.3; ASM 1.5; OT 1.4; FFT 0.

COLOUR. Head yellowish with frons, vertex and occiput black; mesosoma black with pronotum largely yellowish; metasoma testaceous-brown with tergites 1–2 blackened; antenna basally yellowish, fading to testaceous from flagellomere 3–4; legs yellow with hind coxa darker brown; wings hyaline, venation pale yellowish with pterostigma basally whitish.

HEAD. Face and clypeus finely and very densely punctate-granulate; inner margins of eyes weakly convergent ventrally; clypeus transverse; malar line long; frons, vertex and temple deeply coriaceous; ocelli strongly reduced, subcircular, remote from each other; occipital carina joining hypostomal carina distinctly above mandible base; antenna thin with 28 flagellomeres, penultimate one distinctly elongate.

MESOSOMA. Mesosoma moderately stout; entire mesosoma finely and very densely punctate-granulate, including entire speculum, except pronotum centrally smoother and somewhat crenulate anteroventrally; notaulus weak; area superomedia shortly elongate, fully delimited, area petiolaris concave and transversely strigose. Wings. Fore wing with 2m-cu unusually close to 2rs-m, 2rs-m twice as long as section of M between 2rs-m and 2m-cu. Legs. Female femoral tooth absent.

METASOMA. Tergite 2 and apical half of tergite 1 aciculate, following tergites coriaceous; thyridium small, subcircular; ovipositor moderately short, evenly up-curved, apically swollen and slightly downcurved but not sinuous.




South Africa.


See P. protea sp. nov.


Iziko Museums of Cape Town

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