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Family Signiphoridae

Fore wing chaetotaxy - Signiphora - male Aphelinid? - Signiphora Unknown Wasp - female Signiphora - Signiphora merceti Signiphoridae? Signiphoridae ? Signiphoridae Signiphoridae
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita))
Superfamily Chalcidoidea (Chalcidoid Wasps)
Family Signiphoridae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
used to be treated as part of Encyrtidae(1)
~20 spp. in 3 genera in our area, ~80 spp. in 5 genera worldwide(2)
distinctive characters (SEL fact sheet):
enlarged, undivided antennal club (funicle segments appearing at most like ring segments)
scutellum and metanotum transverse
propodeum with triangular median area (might be mistaken for scutellum)
body strongly dorsoventrally flattened
gaster broadly attached to the mesosoma (no apparent petiole and narrowly joining with propodeum)
No other chalcidoids have this habitus and combination of characters.