Microgastrinae Foerster , 1863

Broad, Gavin R., Shaw, Mark R. & Godfray, H. Charles J., 2016, Checklist of British and Irish Hymenoptera - Braconidae, Biodiversity Data Journal 4, pp. 8151-8151 : 8151

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Microgastrinae Foerster , 1863


Microgastrinae Foerster, 1863


The generic classification of Microgastrinae broadly follows Papp (1988), based on Mason’s ( Mason 1981) phylogenetic treatment of microgastrines that split up the large genus ' Apanteles ', which in turn built upon Nixon’s ( Nixon 1965) assignment of ' Apanteles ' into species groups. We do not follow van Achterberg’s ( Achterberg 2003c) recent generic revision (reflected in Fauna Europaea), which reassigned many genera to Apanteles and Protapanteles . We consider this reclassification to be premature, being based on very little explicit character evidence and, with its concentration on western Palaearctic species, not really addressing the affinities of most of the world’s microgastrine species. However, there are undoubted merits to van Achterberg’s treatment as not all of the genera currently employed are well-defined. The following genera are recognised as valid by van Achterberg (2003c): Apanteles (= Choeras , Dolichogenidea , Iconella , Illidops , Pholetesor ), Cotesia , Deuterixys , Diolcogaster , Hygroplitis , Microgaster , Microplitis , Paroplitis and Protapanteles (= Distatrix , Glyptapanteles , Rasivalva , Sathon ). Some distribution data taken from Nixon (1965), Nixon (1968), Nixon (1970), Nixon (1972), Nixon (1973), Nixon (1974), Nixon (1976), remainder from Shaw (2012) and NMS.