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Checklist of Chalcidoidea and Mymarommatoidea (Hymenoptera) of Canada, Alaska and Greenland, Huber, J.T., Bennett, A.M.R., Gibson, G.A.P., Zhang, Y.M., Darling, D.C., Journal of Hymenoptera Research 82: 69–138 (2021)

Year: 2021

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 40465

Language: English

Series: Miscellaneous Report (GLFC - Sault Ste. Marie)

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DOI: 10.3897/jhr.82.60058

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This publication is a summary of about 100 years of accumulated published and unpublished records of small parasitic wasps in two superfamilies of Hymenoptera (wasps, bees, ants and sawflies), as found in published papers and, especially, in the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nemadodes. That collection currently has over 300,000 pinned and slide mounted specimens of Chalcidoidea and a few Mymarommatoidea. The objective is to provide the first comprehensive checklist by province and territory (and Greenland, Alaska and St. Pierre & Miquelon to complete treatment of the area of interest) for present and future workers on Chalcidoidea. For the first time we know know that there are at least 1250 identified species of these superfamilies in the area. As explained in the introduction, this is only a fraction of what is in the area, the remaining specimens are often not identified to species and may well represent new species or species introduced from other continents but as yet unrecognized in Canada. The paper is important because we can build upon the findings to improve out knowledge of the identities and distributions of these important (mainly for biological and natural control) parasitic wasps.