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New parasitoid wasp species found in China

Date:
September 8, 2014
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Entomological Society of America
Summary:
For the first time, wasps in the genus Spasskia have been found in China, including a species that is new to science.
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For the first time, wasps in the genus Spasskia (family: Braconidae) have been found in China, according to an article in the open-access Journal of Insect Science. In addition, a species in that genus which is totally new to science was also discovered.

The new species, Spasskia brevicarinata, is very small -- male and female adults are less than one centimeter long. It is similar to a previously described species called Spasskia indica, but the ridges on some of its body segments are different. In fact, the species epithet brevicarinata reflects a short ridge on its first tergite, as "brevi" is Latin for short and "carinata" is Latin for ridge.


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  1. Cheng-jin Yan, Jun-hua He, and Xue-xin Chen. The discovery of the genus Spasskia Belokobylskij, 1989 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in China, with description of a new species. Journal of Insect Science, September 2014

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