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Elisabethiella socotrensis (Mayr)

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera;  Superfamily: Chalcidoidea; Family: Agaonidae; Genus: Elisabethiella)

Blastophaga socotrensis Mayr, 1885. Holotype Natural History Museum Vienna. Type locality: Socotra Island (Yemen).

Blastophaga dyscritus Waterston, 1921.

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Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia.


Hosts: Ficus vasta; Ficus wakefieldii; Ficus natalensis natalensis; Ficus natalensis graniticola

Elisabethiella socotrensis often develops together  with E. stuckenbergi in the same fig in South Africa (Cornille et al., 2011).


Cornille, A., Underhill, J.G., Cruaud, A, Hossaert-McKey, M., Johnson, S. D., Tolley, K.A., Kjellberg, F., van Noort, S., Proffit, M. 2012. Floral volatiles, pollinator sharing and diversification in the fig-wasp mutualism: insights from Ficus natalensis and its two wasp pollinators (South Africa). Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 1731-1739

Mayr, G. 1885. Feigeninsecten. Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 35, 147-250.


Photographs Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum).

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Web authors Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)

and Jean-Yves Rasplus (INRA, France)


Citation: van Noort, S. & Rasplus, JY. 2023. Figweb: figs and fig wasps of the world. URL: www.figweb.org(Accessed on <day-month-year>).

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