Charipinae fauna from New Zealand with descriptions of two new species of Alloxysta Förster (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea: Figitidae: Charipinae)

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  • Mar Ferrer-Suay,

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    1. Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Biologia, Departament de Biologia Animal, Avda. Diagonal 645, 08028 Barcelona, Spain.
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  • Jordi Paretas-Martínez,

    1. Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Biologia, Departament de Biologia Animal, Avda. Diagonal 645, 08028 Barcelona, Spain.
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  • Jesús Selfa,

    1. Universitat de València, Facultat de Ciències Biològiques, Departament de Zoologia, Campus de Burjassot-Paterna, Dr. Moliner 50, 46100 Burjassot (València), Spain.
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  • Juli Pujade-Villar

    1. Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Biologia, Departament de Biologia Animal, Avda. Diagonal 645, 08028 Barcelona, Spain.
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  • For the purposes of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (4th Edition) this paper was published on 1 November 2012

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Abstract

Biologically, New Zealand is an important country for its high levels of endemism. However, the recorded fauna of Charipinae in this country included only three cosmopolitan species: Alloxysta fuscicornis (Hartig), Alloxysta victrix (Westwood) and Phaenoglyphis villosa (Hartig). Here, we describe the first endemic charipines for New Zealand: Alloxysta rubidus n. sp. and Alloxysta thorpei n. sp. This significantly increases the knowledge of cynipoid diversity in Australasia, where this hymenopteran group is very poorly known. The new species are diagnosed, described, illustrated and information about their hosts and distribution is given. Characters useful to distinguish these species are discussed. A key and distribution map to all species of New Zealand Charipinae is provided.

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