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item Smith, David R

Submitted to: Review of Chilena Entomology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/13/1995
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Interpretive Summary: Wood-boring wasps cause millions of dollars of damage each year. They may reduce the quality of lumber and cause concern to building owners when adults emerge after wood is used in construction. A new species of wood- boring wasps of the family Xiphydriidae was discovered in coniferous forests in Chile. It is scientifically important because it possesses characters similar to two genera, and definitions of these genera need to be revised. It is also important to report its presence because wood borers are easily dispersed by commerce and it is important to prevent their introduction elsewhere. If encountered in interceptions, knowledge of this insect could save time and money when determining disposition of infested materials which will be of benefit to several action agencies.

Technical Abstract: Derecyrta beechei, n. sp., is described from Chile. It is placed in Derecyrta Smith of the tribe Derecyrtini even though certain character states such as the presence of 2r in the forewing and presence of tarsal pulvilli do no exactly fit the current generic and tribal classification. Slight modifications are proposed in the definitions of Derecyrtini, Brachyxiphini, Derecyrta, and Steirocephala Benson, and a key is provided for the genera of Derecyrtinae