Identity and synonymy of Dicroscelio Kieffer and description of Axea, a new genus from tropical Africa and Asia (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea: Platygastridae)

Matthew J. Yoder, Alejandro A. Valerio, Lubomír Masner, Norman F. Johnson

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Dicroscelio Kieffer is proposed as the senior synonym of Anteromorpha Dodd, Govinda Nixon, Aegyptoscelio Priesner, and Afroscelio Risbec, new synonymies. Members of the genus are found worldwide, but is most diverse in the Afrotropical and Oriental regions. The generic synonymies result in the following new combinations: D. abdominalis (Sundholm), new comb., D. africanus (Risbec), new comb., D. ancillus (Kozlov & Lê), new comb., D. cernatus (Kozlov & Lê), new comb., D, cuberatus (Kozlov & Lê), new comb., D. deccanensis (Sharma), new comb., D, depresms (Galloway), new comb., D. dubiosus (Perkins), new comb., D. ferrierei (Masner), new comb., D. frequens (Priesner), new comb., D. glaber (Sharma), new comb., D, incertus (Nixon), new comb., D. latus (Sundholm), new comb., D, malabaricus (Narendran), new comb., D. nonus (Nixon), new comb., D. obscurus (Sundholm), new comb., D. poussi (Risbec), new comb., D. reus (Nixon), new comb., D. rufipes (Ashmead), new comb., D. tuberculatus (Sharma), new comb., D. ueleensis (Risbec), new comb., D. undinus (Nixon), new comb. Lectotypes are designated for Anteromorpha australica Dodd and Afroscelio poussi Risbec. The name Dicroscelio was misapplied by Masner for an undescribed genus in the tribe Scelionini s.str; Axea Masner & Johnson n.gen., is formally described, and 16 species are treated: A. adro Valerio & Yoder n.sp., A. atai Valerio & Yoder n.sp., A. atriceps (Kieffer) n.comb., A. dorothae Valerio & Yoder n.sp., A. eshu Valerio & Yoder n.sp., A. fisherhala Valerio & Yoder n.sp., A. kalanoro Valerio & Yoder n.sp., A. kilen Valerio & Yoder n.sp., A. mena Valerio & Yoder n.sp., A. nommo Valerio & Yoder n.sp., A. mwari Valerio & Yoder n.sp., A. talana Valerio & Yoder n.sp., A. yama Valerio & Yoder n.sp., A. yasigi Valerio & Yoder n.sp., A. yurugu Valerio & Yoder n.sp., and A. zanahary Valerio & Yoder n.sp.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-45
Number of pages45
Issue number2003
StatePublished - Feb 5 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Asia
  • Axea
  • Discroscelio
  • Key
  • Platygastridae
  • Scelionidae
  • Taxonomy
  • Tropical Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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