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Genus Pristocera

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Chrysidoidea (Cuckoo Wasps and Allies)
Family Bethylidae (Flat Wasps)
Subfamily Pristocerinae
Genus Pristocera
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pristocera (Pristocera) Klug, 1808

see taxonomic note here
Explanation of Names
Pristocera Klug, 1808
Numbers
tbd spp. in our area; a rather large worldwide group, with >120 spp. in the Old World alone(1)
Size
Usually 10-30 mm
Identification
Body size usually large (10–30 mm), with some exceptions; male hypopygium/subgenital plate deeply divided into two lobes; hypopygeal median stalk strongly reduced and triangular shaped; lateral hypopygeal stalk absent or indistinct.(2)
Range
Afrotropical, Oriental and Palaearctic regions; all of the former Pristocera in our area was transferred to the genus Pristepyris.(2)
Remarks
Females are flightless, ant-like creatures. --Richard Vernier
See Also
Pristepyris is usually smaller (less than 15 mm) and the male hypopygium/subgenital plate is not deeply divided into two lobes.(2)
Internet References
Evans, H. E. (1963). A revision of the genus Pristocera in the Americas (Hymenoptera, Bethylidae). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College, Vol. 129: 241-290. (Biodiversity Heritage Library)
Works Cited
1.Phylogeny and reclassification of Pristocera Klug (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae)
Zamprogno L.N., Azevedo C.O. 2014. Insect Systematics & Evolution 45: 1– 49.
2.Global guide of the flat wasps (Hymenoptera, Bethylidae)
Azevedo C. O., I. D. C. C. Alencar, M. S. Ramos, D. N. Barbosa, W. D. Colombo, J. M. R. Vargas, and J. Lim. 2018. Magnolia Press, Zootaxa.