Annotated key to the ensign wasp (Hymenoptera: Evaniidae) genera of the world, with descriptions of three new genera

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The genus-level taxonomic history of Evaniidae is discussed and three new genera are described: Vernevania Huben and Deans from the Indian subcontinent with V. urbanusorum Deans, n. sp., Decevania Huben from Central and South America with D. parva (Enderlein), n. comb., and D. striatigena (Kieffer), n. comb., and Rothevania Huben from South America with R. valdiviana (Philippi), n. comb. The genus Acanthinevania Bradley is resurrected based on distinctive leg, mesosomal, and mouthpart morphology, raising the total number of valid genera to twenty. The following species are transferred from Evania: Acanthinevania clavaticornis (Kieffer 1911), n. comb., A. leucocras (Kieffer 1911), n. comb., A. sericans (Westwood 1851), n. comb., and A. szepligetiana (Hedicke 1939) n. comb. Sixteen additional genera are also recognized as valid: Afrevania Benoit, Brachevania Turner, Brachygaster Leach, Evania Fabricius, Evaniella Bradley, Evaniscus Szepligeti, Hyptia Illiger, Micrevania Benoit, Papatuka Deans, Parevania Kieffer, Prosevania Kieffer, Semaeomyia Bradley, Szepligetella Bradley, Thaumatevania Ceballos, Trissevania Kieffer, Zeuxevania Kieffer. A key to the genera of the world is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)859-875
Number of pages17
JournalProceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science


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