Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/5/2008
Publication Date: 4/16/2008
Citation: Gates, M.W., Gerard, D. 2008. A new species of Eurytoma (Hymenoptera: Eurytomidae) attacking, Quadrastichus spp. (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) galling Erythrina spp. (Fabaceae) with a summary of African Eurytoma spp. biology and species checklist. Zootaxa. 1751:1-24.
Interpretive Summary: Invasive insect species cost billions of dollars annually in measures required for eradication or control. Gall-forming wasps have been spread globally via commerce and attack many agricultural and ornamental plants. We report on a new parasitic wasp to be used in controlling a gall-forming wasp that has recently spread to Hawaii and Florida. This information will be useful to regulatory officials at ports, biocontrol workers, and pest managers combating agriculturally important gall-forming wasps.
Technical Abstract: Eurytoma erythrinae Gates and Delvare, new species, is described and illustrated. This species was reared from field-collected galls induced on Erythrina spp. by Quadrastichus spp. (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae), in Tanzania, Ghana, and South Africa. It is compared to a closely related African species. We summarize the biology of all nominal species of Eurytoma from Africa.