Skip to main content Skip to main navigation menu Skip to site footer
Type: Article
Published: 2018-10-11
Page range: 586–592
Abstract views: 60
PDF downloaded: 1

Taxonomic additions of Embolemidae and Sclerogibbidae (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea) from Japan, with description of a new species of Trogloembolemus

Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, Motooka 744, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, 819-0395 Japan.
Tropical Entomology Research Center, Via De Gasperi 10, Viterbo, 01100 Italy.
Hymenoptera Auchenorrhyncha Embiidina key parasitoid wasp troglobiont


Ampulicomorpha thauma Rasnitsyn & Matveev (Hymenoptera: Embolemidae) and Sclerogibba rossi Olmi (Hymenoptera: Sclerogibbidae) were newly recorded from Japan. Females of Embolemus walkeri Westwood were found in the soil together with nymphs of Cixiidae. Trogloembolemus okanoi sp. nov. is described and illustrated. The holotype ♀ was collected in the soil at a depth of one meter. A key to species of Japanese Embolemidae was updated.



  1. Ashmead, W.H. (1893) Monograph of the North American Proctotrypidae. Bulletin of the United States National Museum, 45, 1–472.

    Azevedo, C., Madl, M. & Olmi, M. (2010) A Catalogue of the Bethylidae, Chrysididae, Dryinidae, Embolemidae, Sclerogibbidae and Scolebythidae (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea) of the Malagasy Subregion. Linzer Biologische Beiträge, 42, 845–918.

    Guglielmino, A. & Bückle, C. (2013) Description of the mature larva of Ampulicomorpha schajovskoyi De Santis & Vidal Sarmiento (Hymenoptera: Embolemidae). Zootaxa, 3637, 385–393.

    Kawada, R., Lanes, G.O. & Azevedo, C.O. (2015) Evolution of metapostnotum in flat wasps (Hymenoptera, Bethylidae): implications for homology assessments in Chrysidoidea. PLoS ONE, 10, e0140051.

    Kim, C.-J. & Lee, J.-W. (2016) A Review of the Family Embolemidae (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea) from South Korea. Animal Systematics, Evolution and Diversity, 32, 63–71.

    Komatsu, K. (2015) Recent record of Caenosclerogibba japonica Yasumatsu. Gekkan-Mushi, 528, 45. [in Japanese]

    Mita, T., Nagano, H. & Olmi, M. (2017) Dryinidae and Embolemidae (Hymenoptera, Chrysidoidea) from Anijima, Ogasawara Islands, Japan. Zootaxa, 4323 (2), 239–249.

    Okajima, G. (1926) Description of a new species of Oligotoma from Japan together with some notes on the family Oligotomidae (Embiidina). Journal of the College of Agriculture, Imperial University of Tokyo, 7, 411–432.

    Olmi, M. (1994) The Dryinidae and Embolemidae (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea) of Fennoscandia and Denmark. Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica, 30. E.J. Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, 100 pp.

    Olmi, M. (1996) A revision of the world Embolemidae (Hymenoptera Chrysidoidea). Frustula Entomologica, New Series, 17, 85–146.

    Olmi, M. (1999) Hymenoptera Dryinidae-Embolemidae. Fauna d'Italia, 37. Edizioni Calderini, Bologna, Italy, 425 pp.

    Olmi, M. (2005) A revision of the world Sclerogibbidae (Hymenoptera Chrysidoidea). Frustula Entomologica, 26, 46–193.

    Olmi, M., Mita, T. & Guglielmino, A. (2014a) Revision of the Embolemidae of Japan (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea), with description of a new genus and two new species. Zootaxa, 3793 (4), 423–440.

    Olmi, M., Rasnitsyn, A.P., Brothers, D.J. & Guglielmino, A. (2014b) The first fossil Embolemidae (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea) from Burmese amber (Myanmar) and Orapa Kimberlitic deposits (Botswana) and their phylogenetic significance. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 12, 1–13.

    Rasnitsyn, A.P. & Matveev, D.G. (1989) First Palaearctic representative of the genus Ampulicomorpha Ashmead (Hymenoptera, Embolemidae). Entomologicheskoe Obozrenie, 68, 657–661. [in Russian]

    Richards, O.W. (1951) New species of Bethyloidea (Hymenoptera). The annals and magazine of natural history, Ser. 12, 4, 813–820.

    Riggio, G.D. & Stefani-Perez, T. (1888) Sopra alcuni Imenotteri dell’Isola di Ustica. Naturalista Siciliano, 7, 145–150.

    Riolo, P., Isidoro, N., Ruschioni, S., Minuz, R.L., Bin, F. & Romani, R. (2016) Anatomy of the Antennal Dorsal Organ in female of Neodryinus typhlocybae (Hymenoptera: Dryinidae): a peculiar sensory structure possibly involved in perception of host vibration. Journal of Morphology, 277, 128–137.

    Tsuneyoshi, M. (1985) Biological notes on Oligotoma japonica Okajima (Embioptera) from Kagoshima. Bulletin of the Kagoshima Prefectural Museum, 23–36. [in Japanese]

    Yasumatsu, K. (1958) A new addition to the genera of the Sclerogibbidae (Hymenoptera). Kontyû, 26, 20–24.

    Varrone, R. & Olmi, M. (2012) First record of host of Embolemus ruddii Westwood (Hymenoptera Embolemidae). Frustula Entomologica, New Series, 33, 91–95.

    Westwood. J.O. (1833) Descriptions of several new British Forms amongst the Parasitic Hymenopterous Insects. Magazine of Natural History and Journal of Zoology, Botany, Mineralogy, Geology and Meteorology, 2, 443–445.

    Westwood, J.O. (1837) Characters of Embia, a genus of insects allied to the white ants (termites): with descriptions of the species of which it is composed. Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, 17, 369–374.