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Published: 2024-01-23
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The Darwin wasp Camera thoracica (Szépligeti, 1916) (Ichneumonidae) as a natural enemy of the dreaded Brazilian wandering spider Phoneutria nigriventer (Keyserling, 1891) (Ctenidae)

Laboratorio de Entomología General y Aplicada; Centro de Investigación de Estudios Avanzados del Maule; Universidad Católica del Maule; Talca; Chile
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Entomologia; Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia; Manaus; Amazonas; Brazil
Center for Integrative Biodiversity Discovery; Museum für Naturkunde; Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science; Berlin; Germany
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia; Instituto de Ciências Biológicas; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; Belo Horizonte; Minas Gerais; Brazil
Fundação Ezequiel Dias; Belo Horizonte; Minas Gerais; Brazil
Laboratório de Ecologia e Comportamento; Departamento de Biologia Geral; Universidade Federal de Viçosa; Viçosa; Minas Gerais; Brazil
Araneae Cryptinae egg sacs Hymenoptera parasitoid wasps phoneutrism


Wandering spiders (genus Phoneutria) hold a prominent position as some of the world’s most medically significant venomous arachnids, especially in Brazil. In this study, we record and illustrate for the first time, the Darwin wasp Camera thoracica (Szépligeti, 1916) as a natural enemy of the ctenid Phoneutria nigriventer (Keyserling, 1891). Furthermore, we provide a description of the previously unknown male wasp, update and standardize the description of the female, and provide biological notes.



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