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Short-ovipositor morph

Torymid wasp - Torymus californicus - female Torymid wasp - Torymus californicus - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" - Parasitoid Wasps)
Superfamily Chalcidoidea (Chalcidoid Wasps)
Family Torymidae
Subfamily Toryminae
Genus Torymus
No Taxon (advenus species group)
Species californicus (Oak Gall Chalcid)
No Taxon Short-ovipositor morph
The short form was described as a separate subspecies, subdolus, which was synonymized by Grissell (1976) because it did not fit the definition of subspecies, either geographically or phenologically. Work on European species has shown long and short ovipositor forms to be conspecific, and while this is presumed to be the case with californicus, the requisite molecular study hasn't yet been done.
Print References
Grissell, E.E. (1976) A revision of Western Nearctic species of Torymus Dalman (Hymenoptera: Torymidae). University
of California Publications in Entomology, 79, 1–120.