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Ceratosolen galili Wiebes

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

Ceratosolen galili Wiebes 1964. Holotype Type locality: Eritrea

Foundress female fig wasps entering a receptive fig through the ostiole (the narrow, bract lined opening at the apex of the fig). Ants (a species of Pheidole, Formicidae) are predating the hapless female wasps.

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Distribution

Senegal, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Ethiopa, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda

Biology

Host figs: Ficus sycomorus sycomorus (L.); Ficus sycomorus gnaphalocarpa (Miq.) C.C. Berg and Ficus mucuso Ficalho

References

Wiebes, J.T. 1964. Fig wasps from Israeli Ficus sycomorus and related East African species (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea) 1. Agaonidae. Ent. Ber. Amst. 24, 187-191.

Credits

Photographs of living specimens Vida van der Walt (Pretoria); mounted specimens Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

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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. 2019. Figweb: figs and fig wasps of the world. URL: www.figweb.org(Accessed on <day-month-year>).

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