Revision of the Nearctic species of Rhysipolis Förster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)

Lori Spencer, James B. Whitfield

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The Nearctic species of the genus Rhysipolis Förster are revised for the first time. Nine species are recognized, including one previously known from the New World, R. pallipes (Provancher), and one recognized in the New World for the first time, R. decorator (Haliday). Seven species are described as new: R. anomalus Spencer sp. n., R. chiapas Spencer sp. n., R. maritimus Spencer sp. n., R. muesebecki Spencer sp. n., R. platygaster Spencer sp. n., R. sonorus Spencer sp. n., and R. stenodes Spencer sp. n. New host records are provided for several of the nearctic species - the three recorded host genera are all from the Gracillariidae (Lepidoptera). The doubtful monophyly of the genus is briefly discussed, along with its nomenclatural implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-324
Number of pages30
JournalTransactions of the American Entomological Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Braconidae
  • Exothecinae
  • Hormiinae
  • Koinobiosis
  • Lepidoptera
  • Parasitoids
  • Rhysipolis
  • Rogadinae
  • Systematics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science


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