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Revision of the Indian Microplitis Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae), with description of one new species

National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects, Post Bag No. 2491, H. A. Farm Post, Bellary Road, Hebbal, Bangalore 560 024, Karnataka, India
Hymenoptera Parasitic wasps host relationships India Microplitis Microgastrinae revision


The Indian fauna of the genus Microplitis Foerster, 1862 is revised. An illustrated key to eight species including the description of one new species, M. murkyi sp. nov., is provided. Six previously described species, namely: M. ajmerensis Rao & Kurian, M. demolitor Wilkinson, M. indicus Marsh, M. manilae Ashmead, M. prodeniae Rao & Kurian, and M. spodopterae Rao & Kurian are elaborated with taxonomical variations and extended distribution. Two species, M. bageshri Sathe, Inamdar & Dawale and M. dipika (Bhatnagar) are considered incertae sedis. A new combination is suggested for Snellenius maculipennis (Szepligeti) which is placed into synonymy with Microplitis. Information on taxonomic history of the genus, diagnostic characters of all the included species, distribution and host relationships are provided.


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