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Title: Review of the Southeastern Asian Sawfly Genus Anapeptamena Konow (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae)

Author
item Saini, Malkiat
item Smith, David R
item Saini, Tajinder

Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/9/2002
Publication Date: 6/17/2003
Citation: Saini, M.S., Smith, D.R., Saini, T.P. 2003. Review of the Southeastern Asian Sawfly Genus Anapeptamena Konow (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 105:641-646.

Interpretive Summary: The caterpillar-like larvae of sawflies feed on a wide variety of plants and many are destructive to agricultural crops, forests, and ornamental plantings. Some of the most destructive in the United States are those that have been introduced accidentally, i.e., invasive species. Knowledge of the world fauna is important in order to help prevent further introductions. A small genus from southeastern Asia is treated. The three species, two of which are new, are described, illustrated, and keyed. Identification of this genus and its species will be of value to those interested in and studying plant-feeding insects, and will be of value to action agencies such as APHIS for prevention of further introductions into this country.

Technical Abstract: Anapeptamena Konow (Tenthredinidae: Selandriinae) has been known only by its type species, A. albipes Konow, from India and Myanmar. Two new species have been discovered from India and are described: Anapeptamena darjeelingensis, n. sp., and A. dhanoultiensis, n. sp. A male of the genus, that of A. dhanoultiensis, is described for the first time. Descriptions, illustrations, and a key are provided for identification of the species.