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First record of Aulacidae (Hymenoptera: Evanioidea) from New Caledonia with descriptions of three new species of Aulacus Jurine

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Abstract

The parasitoid wasp family Aulacidae is recorded for the first time from New Caledonia, and three new species are described: Aulacus burwelli, A. coracinus, and A. emineo. Although recorded from just a few specimens, these species appear to be restricted to the moist evergreen rainforest areas of the main island of Grande Terre. They appear unrelated to Australian members of the family, based on a number of characters associated with the forewing venation and hind coxal morphology, as well as size and colour. A key to distinguish the species is presented, as well as information on their distribution and possible relationships.
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Keywords: Aulacidae; Aulacus; Hymenoptera; New Caledonia; parasitoids; taxonomy

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity, and School of Agriculture and Wine, Waite Campus, The University of Adelaide, SA 5064, Australia. 2: Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity, and School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia.

Publication date: November 1, 2004

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