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Psyche
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 351232, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/351232
Research Article

Pseudacteon Parasitoids of Azteca instabilis Ants in Southern Mexico (Diptera: Phoridae; Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

1Entomology Section, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA
2Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo, 2801 W. Bancroft Street, MS 604, Toledo, OH 43606, USA

Received 31 August 2011; Revised 27 December 2011; Accepted 10 January 2012

Academic Editor: Jean Paul Lachaud

Copyright © 2012 Brian V. Brown and Stacy M. Philpott. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Three new species of the genus Pseudacteon are described, all from Chiapas, Mexico, and all of which are parasitoids of the ant Azteca instabilis. Sternite 6 of Pseudacteon dorymyrmecis Borgmeier is illustrated for the first time, and P. confusus Disney is synonymized with this species. The natural history of the Azteca-Pseudacteon interaction is described.