Taxonomic reviews of Alysiinae (Braconidae) from South America, North America, Africa, Madagascar, New Papua, Europe and Asia

The subfamily Alysiinae is one of the most peculiar and diverse endoparasitoid subfamilies of the family Braconidae. Morphologically, the two tribes are mainly separated by the presence (Alysiini) or absence (Dacnusini) of the transverse radio-medial vein (r-m) of the fore wing. Alysiini are parasitoids of a wide range of Diptera-Cyclorrapha while Dacnusini are exclusively specialized on leaf and stem miners of the families Agromyzidae, Ephydridae and Chloropidae.

Despite the vast literature on this subfamily, its generic classification is quite imperfect and complicated. However, five specialists have helped to raise the profile of the Palaearctic and world species in the last years. These are Maximilian Fischer, Vladimir I. Tobias (1929–2011), Jenö Papp, Cornelis van Achterberg, and Sergey A. Belokobylskij.

In this project the revision of different Alysiinae genera are carried out.

Main researches and universities cooperating are:

  • Maximilian Fischer (Natural History Museum Vienna)
  • Sergey A. Belokobylskij (Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences) [website] [Researchgate]
  • Kees van Achterberg (Northwest University) [Researchgate]
  • Jenö Papp (Natural History Museum Budapest, Hungary)
  • Ehsan Rakhshani (University of Zabol) [Researchgate]
  • Thorkild Munk (Aarhus, Denmark)
  • Ricardo Jiménez Peydró (University of Valencia) [Researchgate]

List of papers published: 

10. Peris-Felipo, F.J., Belokobylskij, S.A., Vilhelmsen, L., Munk, T. 2016. Catalogue of Danish Alysiinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), with the description of two new species of Aspilota Foerster, 1863. European Journal of Taxonomy, 250: 1-48 [pdf]

9. Peris-Felipo, F.J., Ameri, A., Rakhshani, E., Belokobylskij, S.A. 2016. The genus Aspilota Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae) in western Asia. Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics, 2 (2): 259-283 [pdf]

8. Peris-Felipo, F.J., Belokobylskij, S.A. 2016. New South African species of the genus Idiasta Foerster, 1863 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae), with a key to the Afrotropical and Malagasy taxa. Zootaxa, 4150 (5): 566-570 [pdf]

7. Peris-Felipo, F. J., Belokobylskij, S. A. 2016. Afrotropical species of the genus Dinotrema Foerster 1862 (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Alysiinae) with description of three new taxa and a key for determination. Bulletin of Insectology, 69 (1): 93-106 [pdf]

6. Peris-Felipo, F. J., Belokobylskij, S. 2016. First record of the genus Dinotrema Foerster, 1862 (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Alysiinae) from the Neotropical region, with description of four new species and a key to the New World taxa. European Journal of Taxonomy, 179: 1-23. doi: 10.5852/ejt.2016.179 [pdf]

5. Peris-Felipo, F. J., Zahra, Y., van Achterberg, C., Rakhshani, E., Belokobylskij, S. 2016. Review of species of the genus Adelurola Strand, 1928, with a key to species (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Alysiinae). Zookeys, 566: 13-30. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.566.6684 [pdf]

4. Peris-Felipo, F. J., Ameri, A., Talebi, A. A., Belokobylskij, S. 2015. Review of the genus Aristelix Nixon, 1943 (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Alysiinae), with description of a new species from Iran and clarification of Antrusa chrysogastra (Tobias, 1986) status. Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 45: 97-111. doi: 10.3897/JHR.45.5313 [pdf]

3. Peris-Felipo, F. J. 2015. Review of the genus Aphaereta Forster, 1862 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae) from the Afrotropical region, with description of three new species. Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 42: 1-20. doi: 10.3897/JHR.42.9135 [pdf]

2. Peris-Felipo, F. J., Belokobylskij, S., Jiménez-Peydró, R. 2014. Revision of the Western Palaearctic species of the genus Dinotrema Foerster, 1862 (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Alysiinae). Zootaxa, 3885 (1): 1–483. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3885.1.1 [pdf]

1. Peris-Felipo, F. J., Belokobylskij, S., Jiménez-Peydró, R. 2012. Genus Adelphenaldis Fischer, 2003 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae) in Spain with a key to the World species. Annales Zoologici, 62 (2): 287-296 [pdf]