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The systematics and biology of Cotesia nonagriae (Olliff) stat. rev. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae), a newly recognized member of the Cotesia flavipes species complex

Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide, S.A. 5005, Australia
Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide, S.A. 5005, Australia
BSES Limited, PO Box 122, Gordonvale, Qld 4865, Australia
Hymenoptera parasitoid taxonomy biology stemborer Australia biological control


The Australian species Cotesia nonagriae Olliff stat. rev. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) is redescribed and formally removed from synonymy with C. flavipes based on molecular, morphological and biological differences. The taxonomic history and phylogenetic relationships of C. nonagriae with other members of the C. flavipes complex are presented and underscore the importance of molecular-based identification within this group. The biology of C. nonagriae on the native noctuid stemborer host, Bathytricha truncata (Walker), is compared with previously recorded C. flavipes life history traits. The implications of this taxonomic study relative to biological control and importation of stemborer parasitoids into Australia are discussed.


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