Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/31/2006
Publication Date: 7/27/2006
Citation: Gates, M.W., Metz, M., Schauff, M.E. 2006. The circumscription of the generic concept of Aximopsis Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Eurytomidae) with the description of seven new species. Zootaxa. 1273:9-54.
Interpretive Summary: Leafmining insects are important pests of agricultural crops worldwide and cause millions of dollars in damage each year. We both redefine a group of parasitic wasps important in controlling leafmining pests and describe seven species new to science. This information will aid biocontrol workers, regulatory agencies, port inspectors and scientists working in these groups with identification of these parasites.
Technical Abstract: The genus Aximopsis is redefined, an hypothesis of its phylogenetic placement within Eurytominae presented and seven species are described as new: A. anubis, A. arietinis, A. hespenheidei, A. hippolytis, A. lanceolepis A. pythmenis, A. vogti. Three new combinations are proposed: Philolema javensis (Girault), 1917, n. comb., Philolema tephrosiae Girault, 1917, n. comb., Eurytoma tricolor n. comb., Aximopsis elegans Masi (1917) is considered incertae sedis. Aximopsis ovi and Aximopsis tumidiscapi are nomina nuda.