Eulophidae

Eulophidae

Colpoclypeus florus
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Suborder:Apocrita
Superfamily:Chalcidoidea
Family:Eulophidae
Westwood 1829
Diversity
5 subfamilies
c. 300 genera
c. 4300 species
Subfamilies


Elasminae
Entedoninae
Euderinae
Eulophinae
Tetrastichinae


Eulophidae is a large family of hymenopteran insects, with over 4,300 described species in some 300 genera (see list of eulophid genera). These minute insects are challenging to study as they deteriorate rapidly after death unless extreme care is taken (e.g., preservation in ethanol), making identification of most museum specimens difficult. The larvae of a very few species feed on plants but the majority are primary parasitoids on a huge range of arthropods at all stages of development. They are exceptional in that they are one of two hymenopteran families known to parasitize thysanoptera. Eulophids are found throughout the world in virtually all habitats (one is even aquatic, parasitising psephenid beetles).

Eulophids are separable from most other Chalcidoidea by the possession of only 4 tarsomeres on each leg, a small, straight protibial spur (as opposed to the larger, curved one in most other chalcidoids), and by antennae with 2-4 funicle segments and at most ten antennomeres.

See also

Aprostocetus

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Arthropoda
Latreille, 1829

Subphyla and Classes
  • Subphylum Trilobitomorpha
  • Trilobita - trilobites (extinct)
  • Subphylum Chelicerata

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Insecta
Linnaeus, 1758

Orders
Subclass Apterygota
* Archaeognatha (bristletails)
* Thysanura (silverfish)
Subclass Pterygota
* Infraclass Paleoptera (Probably paraphyletic)

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Hymenoptera
Linnaeus, 1758

Suborders

Apocrita
Symphyta

Hymenoptera is one of the larger orders of insects, comprising the sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants.
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Apocrita

Superfamilies
  • Aculeata
  • Superfamily Apoidea
  • Superfamily Chrysidoidea
  • Superfamily Vespoidea
  • Parasitica

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Chalcidoidea

Families

See text.
Chalcid wasps (superfamily Chalcidoidea) belong to the insect order Hymenoptera, and are one of the largest groups within the order, with some 22,000 known species, and an estimated total diversity of anywhere
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This is a list of the currently recognized genera in the family Eulophidae (Chalcidoidea).

Acanthala
Aceratoneura
Aceratoneuromyia
Achrysocharoides
Acrias
Afrotroppopsis
Agmostigma

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Hymenoptera
Linnaeus, 1758

Suborders

Apocrita
Symphyta

Hymenoptera is one of the larger orders of insects, comprising the sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants.
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Insecta
Linnaeus, 1758

Orders
Subclass Apterygota
* Archaeognatha (bristletails)
* Thysanura (silverfish)
Subclass Pterygota
* Infraclass Paleoptera (Probably paraphyletic)

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This is a list of the currently recognized genera in the family Eulophidae (Chalcidoidea).

Acanthala
Aceratoneura
Aceratoneuromyia
Achrysocharoides
Acrias
Afrotroppopsis
Agmostigma

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Arthropoda
Latreille, 1829

Subphyla and Classes
  • Subphylum Trilobitomorpha
  • Trilobita - trilobites (extinct)
  • Subphylum Chelicerata

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Thysanoptera
Haliday, 1836

Families

Terebrantia
Adiheterothripidae
Aeolothripidae
Fauriellidae
† Hemithripidae
Heterothripidae

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Chalcidoidea

Families

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Chalcid wasps (superfamily Chalcidoidea) belong to the insect order Hymenoptera, and are one of the largest groups within the order, with some 22,000 known species, and an estimated total diversity of anywhere
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The arthropod leg is a form of jointed appendage of arthropods, usually used for walking. Many of the terms used for arthropod leg segments are of Latin origin, and may be confused with terms for bones: coxa (meaning hip), trochanter
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Antennae (singular antenna) are paired appendages connected to the front-most segments of arthropods. In crustaceans, they are biramous and present on the first two segments of the head, with the smaller pair known as antennules.
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Aprostocetus
Westwood, 1833

Species

See text.
Aprostocetus is a genus of hymenopteran insects of the family Eulophidae. This very large group (about 670 described species) has a global distribution.
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