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Volume 94 (1987), Issue 1-2, Pages 93-101

A Key to the Species of Spintharina With Descriptions of New Species and Indication of Species Groups (Hymenoptera, Chrysididae)

Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis 95616, CA, USA

Received 16 February 1987

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Spintharina Semenov (type species: vagans Radoszkowski occurs in the southern Palearctic and Ethiopian Regions. This group is characterized by the absence of teeth on tergum III, a long triangular forewing marginal cell, and an apically blunt or emarginate lateral propodeal projection. Fragmentary evidence points to Masaridae as hosts. have been able to study types or authentically determined specimens of 23 of the 26 species. Status of the other 3 is in doubt. Complete synonymy and distribution will be given in a generic revision of Chrysididae now in preparation by L. S. Kimsey and R. M. Bohart. I would like to thank Dr. Kimsey for turning over to me her basic research on the genus, and for reviewing this paper.

Technical terms used in the key and descriptions are: F-I etc., flagellomeres; T-I etc., terga; S-I etc., sterna; MOD, midocellus diameter.

Type material has been studied at or borrowed from most of the important European and South African Museums. Acknowledgements will be made in the aforementioned revision.