Eur. J. Entomol. 105 (1): 137-147, 2008 | 10.14411/eje.2008.019

Sycophila pistacina (Hymenoptera: Eurytomidae): A valid species

Hosseinali LOTFALIZADEH2, Gérard DELVARE*,1, Jean-Yves RASPLUS1
1 INRA CIRAD IRD Centre de Biologie et de Gestion des Populations (CBGP), Campus International de Baillarguet, 34398 Montpellier Cedex 5, France
2 Department of Insect Taxonomy, Iranian Research Institute of Plant Protection, Tehran, P.O.B. 19395-1454, Iran


Sycophila pistacina
(Rondani), which was previously synonymized with Sycophila biguttata (Swederus), is revalidated. Morphological, morphometric and molecular data confirm its status as a separate species. Diagnostic characters are provided for distinguishing it from S. biguttata. The nomenclature of the S. biguttata complex is updated.

Keywords: Eurytomidae, Sycophila, Sycophila biguttata, S. pistacina, S. iracemae, status revised, parasitoid, morphometrics, molecular phylogeny, COI, ITS2

Received: July 9, 2007; Accepted: October 12, 2007; Published: February 15, 2008

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