Eur. J. Entomol. 101 (4): 651-655, 2004 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2004.088

The genus Nipponaetes (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Cryptinae) in Costa Rica, with a reassessment of the generic limits

Gavin R. BROAD1,4, Nina M. LAURENNE2, Donald L.J. QUICKE3,4
1 Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Monks Wood, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon PE28 2LS, UK; e-mail:
2 Finnish Museum of Natural History, Zoological Museum, Entomological Division, P.O. Box 17 (P. Rautatiekatu 13), FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland; e-mail: nina.laurenne@
3 Department of Biological Sciences, Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus, Ascot, Berks. SL5 7PY, UK; e-mail:
4 Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK

The endemic Costa Rican genus Zurquilla Gauld, 1997, is transferred from the ichneumonid subfamily Tryphoninae (tribe Oedemopsini) to the Cryptinae (tribe Phygadeuontini) and synonymised with Nipponaetes Uchida, 1933. This decision is justified using morphological and molecular (28S D2-3 ribosomal DNA sequence) evidence. We briefly discuss the phylogenetic utility of characters that led to the type species of Zurquilla being described as a tryphonine and provide a host record that indicates that Nipponaetes is a parasitoid of spider egg sacs.

Keywords: Ichneumonidae, Cryptinae, Tryphoninae, Nipponaetes, Zurquilla, 28S, host, spider, phylogeny, new synonymy

Received: January 26, 2004; Accepted: May 5, 2004; Published: December 20, 2004Show citation

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BROAD, G.R., LAURENNE, N.M., & QUICKE, D.L.J. (2004). The genus Nipponaetes (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Cryptinae) in Costa Rica, with a reassessment of the generic limits. Eur. J. Entomol.101(4), 651-655. doi: 10.14411/eje.2004.088.
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