Contributions to the taxonomy and biogeography of Afrotropical Eriborus Förster, 1869 (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Campopleginae)

  • Zoltán Vas Hymenoptera Collection, Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum H-1088 Budapest, Baross u. 13, Hungary
Keywords: taxonomy, species description, distribution, new record


In this paper, two new species of Eriborus Förster, 1869 (Ichneumonidae: Campopleginae) are described from the Afrotropical region: Eriborus elgonensis sp. n. from Kenya and Eriborus rubens sp. n. from South Africa. Eriborus pallipes (Brullé, 1846), a species known from Mauritius and Réunion, is reported from continental Africa (South Africa) for the first time, and Eriborus regulator (Seyrig, 1935), a species known only from Kenya, is firstly reported from Ethiopia. Additionally, further South African distributional data on Eriborus pomonellae (Cameron, 1906) are also given.


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How to Cite
VasZ. (2022). Contributions to the taxonomy and biogeography of Afrotropical Eriborus Förster, 1869 (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Campopleginae). Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 68(2), 169-178.