Pristomerus kelikely, Rousse & Villemant & Seyrig, 2013

Rousse, Pascal, Villemant, Claire & Seyrig, André, 2013, Ichneumonid wasps from Madagascar. VI. The genus Pristomerus (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Cremastinae), European Journal of Taxonomy 49, pp. 1-38: 18-19

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Pristomerus kelikely

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Pristomerus kelikely   sp. nov.

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Small species; face orange; general coloration orange; face moderately and finely punctate, clypeus transverse and sparsely punctate; mesoscutum densely punctate medially, apical margin of lateral lobe smooth, scutellum smooth; area superomedia about 2 x longer than wide; female femoral tooth absent; ovipositor moderately long, apically sinuate; POL 0.8; OOL 1.3; CT 2.0; ML 0.6; OT 1.5–1.8; FFT 0.

Differential diagnosis

The combination of small size, orange face, absence of femoral tooth in female and hardly enlarged ocelli in male makes this species readily distinguishable from any other in Madagascar but P. moramora   . Both may be differentiated by characters given in the key.


Euphonic reference to the small size of this species: “kely” is the Malagasy word for “little”.

Type material


MADAGASCAR: ♀ ( MNHN EY2477), Anivorano, 16°49’ S, 48°10’ E, verbatim label data: “Madagascar, Anivorano, XII 1929 ”, hind tarsi and half right antenna lacking.



MADAGASCAR: 8 ♀♀, 4 ♂♂ ( MNHN EY 2478–2489), Rogez, Jul., Sep., Nov. and Dec. 1930, Jan., Feb. and Nov. 1931; 3 ♀♀ ( BNHM, MRAC, IZPAN), Rogez, Sep. and Oct. 1930; 1 ♀ ( MNHN EY8697), Antanimora, Jan. 1937; 2 ♀♀ ( ISAM, MNHU), same locality, same date; 2 ♀♀, 2 ♂♂ ( MNHN EY8699– 8702), Ivondro, Oct. 1936, Dec. 1938 and May 1940; 1 ♀, 1 ♂ ( ANHM, NHRS), same locality, Dec. 1938; 2 ♂♂ ( MNHN EY8698 and EY8703), Bekily, Oct. 1936, Feb. 1940; 1 ♂ ( CAS), same locality, Oct. 1936.



LENGTH. 4.0, 4.0 (3.2–4.3) (10 specimens).

HEAD. Constricted behind eyes. Temple, vertex and frons granulate. Ocellar triangle equilateral. Face shining, moderately and finely punctate. Clypeus transverse, sparsely punctate. Mandible rather short, stout, teeth subequal. Malar line rather short. Antenna with 31–32 flagellomeres; first flagellomere 1.2 x longer than second.

MESOSOMA. Elongate, about 2 x as long as high, shining. Pronotum nearly smooth. Mesoscutum densely punctate, lateral lobe smoother, its apical margin quite smooth. Scuto-scutellar groove longitudinally ribbed. Scutellum slightly convex, almost smooth. Pleurae moderately punctate, speculum smooth. Propodeum moderately to densely punctate laterally, smoother medially. Area basalis opposite, sometimes truncate or petiolate, area superomedia about 2 x longer than wide. Legs: femoral tooth absent.

METASOMA. Tergites 1 and 2 finely aciculate. Tergite 2 as long as tergite 1, about 2 x longer than apically wide. Ovipositor moderately long, apex slightly sinuate.

COLOR. Orange overall. Flagellum black. First tergites slightly fuscous. Wings hyaline, pterostima yellowish-brown.


Length: 3.9 (3.2–4.7) (5 specimens). Ocelli not enlarged, rather distant from eyes (OOL = 1.0). Area superomedia more variable in size. Femur stouter, femoral tooth strong and sharp. Otherwise similar to female.


Madagascar (Toamasina province).


Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle


Beijing Natural History Museum


Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale


Zoological Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences


Swedish Museum of Natural History, Entomology Collections


California Academy of Sciences