Aphid parasitoid species (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Aphidiinae) of central submountains of Iran.
Massoud MADJDZADEH, Seyed
MITROVSKI BOGDANOVIĆ, Ana
KAVALLIERATOS, Nickolas G.
HOSTS of parasitoids
North-Western Journal of Zoology; 2013, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p70-93, 24p
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Aphid parasitoid species (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Aphidiinae) of central submountain parts of Iran were investigated. A total of 40 parasitoid species, reared from 80 aphid taxa occurring on more than 126 plant taxa in the studied area were recorded while 400 tritrophic parasitoid-aphid-plant associations were detected. These included 239 new records of tritrophic associations for Iran, while 17 parasitoid-host aphid associations are new for science. The aphidiines found in the present study are keyed and illustrated with line drawings. In addition, several species/biotypes, such as Lysiphlebus confusus Tremblay & Eady, Praon yomenae Takada, Adialytus salicaphis (Fitch) and Aphidius colemani Viereck, showed unusual variability in several morphological characteristics (e.g. number of palpomeres, wing-venation patterns and setation of forewing margin) in comparison to European and Mediterranean individuals. Further studies are necessary in order to confirm taxonomic status of some central Iranian species or biotypes, including studies using molecular markers. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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