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Research Project: Systematics of Hemiptera and Related Groups: Plant Pests, Predators and Disease Vectors

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: New species of Pristaulacus Kieffer (Hymenoptera: Aulacidae) from Southern India

item SMITH, D. - Retired ARS Employee

Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/25/2020
Publication Date: 5/11/2020
Citation: Smith, D.R., Turrisi, G.I. 2020. New species of Pristaulacus Kieffer (Hymenoptera: Aulacidae) from Southern India. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 122:462-470.

Interpretive Summary: Parasitic wasps can be important in the biological control of economic pests of agricultural crops and forests. One small worldwide group are exclusively parasites of wood-boring beetles and wasps. The fauna of this group in India is poorly known, and three new species were discovered from southern India. These are described, illustrated, and separated from related species. This will be of interest and help to researchers concerned with the biological control of wood-boring insects and will help identifiers dealing with incoming insects intercepted in wood.

Technical Abstract: Pristaulacus nilgira Smith and Turrisi, n. sp., P. singara Smith and Turrisi n. sp., and P. luteus Smith and Turrisi n. sp. are described from southern India. These are the first known species of Pristaulacus from southern India. They are illustrated and compared with other Indian and Oriental Pristaulacus species and the three species known from Sri Lanka.