Aximopsis deserticola (Zerova, 2004)

Lotfalizadeh, Hossein, Karimpour, Younes, Delvare, Gérard & Rasplus, Jean-Yves, 2020, Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera) obtained from common reed, Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud. (Poaceae) in Iran with new records and descriptions of two new species, European Journal of Taxonomy 710, pp. 1-35: 13

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Aximopsis deserticola (Zerova, 2004)

comb. nov.

Aximopsis deserticola (Zerova, 2004)   comb. nov.

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IRAN – West-Azarbaijan Province • 1 ♀; 1 ♂; Urmia, Häshtïan ; 37º47′ N, 44º39′ E; 1680 m a.s.l.; Apr. 2017; Y. Karimpour leg.; ex Phragmites australis   ; HMIM GoogleMaps   1 ♀; 1 ♂; Urmia, Hesar-e Türkmän ; 37º26′ N, 45º13′ E; 1293 m a.s.l.; Apr. 2017; Y. Karimpour leg.; ex Phragmites australis   ; HMIM GoogleMaps   .


The species has been reported from fruits of Cuscuta approximata Bab.   ( Cuscutaceae   ) in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan ( Zerova 2010).

This species has characters of the nodularis species group ( Lotfalizadeh et al. 2007), and with sharing conspicuous mesopleural shelf, carinate fore coxae and distinctly petiolate gaster, it is consequently transferred from Eurytoma Illiger, 1807   to the genus Aximopsis   . Aximopsis deserticola   can be separated from closely related species by the following set of characters: head round and slightly wider than long in frontal view ( Fig. 8B View Fig ); inner orbital margin coarsely punctate, and appearing to be slightly carinate; all funicular segments in female distinctly longer than wide ( Fig. 8E View Fig ), F1 about 2.5× as long as its width; fore coxa distinctly carinate in frontal view; mesopleuron with an obvious ventral shelf, carinate anteriorly and with an oblong comb anteromedially ( Fig. 8D View Fig ); marginal vein as long as postmarginal vein, slightly longer than stigmal vein, postmarginal vein about 1.5× as long as stigmal vein ( Fig. 8C View Fig ); metasoma of female rounded, as long as mesosoma in lateral view ( Fig. 8A View Fig ), with long petiole, slightly longer than wide.