Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer reviewed journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/3/2008
Publication Date: 10/13/2008
Citation: Gates, M.W. 2008. Description of Khamul, gen. nov. (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Eurytomidae), with hypothesis of its phylogenetic placement. Zootaxa. 1898:1-33. Interpretive Summary: Parasitic wasps are important components in the biological control of agricultural crop pests worldwide and prevent millions of dollars in damage each year. In this publication, a new genus, with four new species of parasitic wasps implicated in attacking plant-feeding stick insects, is described and its relationship to other wasps in its family is hypothesized. This information will aid biocontrol workers, scientists, and port inspectors working with stick insects and with identification of their parasites.
Technical Abstract: The genus Khamul is described, an hypothesis of its phylogenetic placement within Eurytominae presented and four species are described as new: K. erwini, K. gothmogi, K. lanceolatus, K. tolkeini.