Canadian Forest Service Publications
Neotype designation for Anaphes brevis Walker (Hymenoptera, Mymaridae). 2018. Huber, J. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 63: 51-60.
Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 39167
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This taxonomic paper clears up the identity of a species that had never been properly recognized because it was known only from the very brief original description (the specimen that formed the basis of the description had been lost long ago). Consequently, the species had never been properly recognizable The objective is to designate a type specimen (the objective reality of a scientific species name) for a species of egg parasitoid in a complex of similar looking species that are parasitic in eggs of Lygus bugs and weevils. The specimen was reared in a laboratory culture of Lygus bugs maintained by the ARS USDA European Parasite Lab not far from the original collection locality in France (near Paris). It is briefly redescribed and compared with similar species that appear to be on weevil hosts.Key findings and conclusion. The species is now identifiable based on real evidence rather than conjecture as to what it might be and it can be distinguished objectively from other, similar looking species on different hosts.Scientific impact. The scientific name, A. brevis can now be used meaninfully by biological control workers or ecologists for their own potential studies of parasitic wasps of Lygus bug pests.