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Aleuroctonus LaSalle & Schauff, 1994 comparative info return to: prev home
Eyes densely setose. Transverse frontal ridge rounded dorsally and only indicated medially, about 1 ocellar diameter below median ocellus; scrobal depressions not present as sulci, uniting before reaching transverse ridge. Clypeus delimited by dorsal suture. Malar sulcus absent. Flagellum with 3 claval segments and 3 preclaval segments; 3rd flagellomere broader than long in females, similar to 2nd flagellomere; 3rd flagellomere longer than broad in males, longer than 2nd flagellomere. Mesosoma with raised-reticulate sculpture; pronotal collar not formed; mesoscutum with many short setae; notauli only indicated anteriorly; axillae advanced entirely anteriad of scuto-scutellar margin, dorsal surface about 2x longer than broad; scutellum with many unpaired dorsal setae, transverse, shorter than mesoscutum; prepectus not fused with mesopleuron. Postmarginal vein shorter than stigmal vein; stigma petiolate; submarginal vein with 3 or more setae. Propodeum extremely short; median carina meeting nuchal carina; paraspiracular groove present but not sharply defined. Gaster unsculpted, not metallic, with pale markings basally or throughout its length. Mesotibial spur long and pectinate. Head and mesosoma sometimes with slight metallic luster. Compare with: Entedononecremnus.

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1a-b: Aleuroctonus face (left), and female antenna (right)

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2a-b: Aleuroctonus mesosomal dorsum (left), and mesotibial spur (right)

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3a: Aleuroctonus forewing

Biology: Parasitoids of Aleyrodidae.

Comments: 4 described species. Neotropical, Nearctic.

Comparative information:

Entedononecremnus: Eyes not setose. Gaster strongly sclerotized, not tending to collapse, with metallic luster; gt1 smooth and shiny. Mesotibial spur short, usually not pectinate.

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Hansson, C. & J. LaSalle. 2002. Revision of the Neotropical species of the tribe Euderomphalini (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). Journal of Natural History. 37(6): 697-778.

LaSalle, J. & M.E. Schauff. 1994. Systematics of the tribe Euderomphalini (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae): parasitoids of whiteflies (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae). Systematic Entomology. 19: 235-258.

Image credits: 1a-b, 2a-b, 3a: LaSalle & Schauff (1994).