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Published: 2017-08-23
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Polynema (Polynema) dikobraz sp. nov., a remarkable fairyfly (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae) from Madagascar

Entomology Research Museum, Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, California, 92521, USA
Chalcidoidea Mymaridae Polynema new species taxonomy Madagascar.


A new Afrotropical species of Polynema Haliday, 1833 (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae), Polynema (Polynema) dikobraz Triapitsyn sp. nov., is described and illustrated based on the type series from Madagascar. It is quite remarkable in having unique enlarged spine-like setae on the fore wing disc, not only among the congeneric taxa but also among all the known fairyflies in the world. Together with another, undescribed, similar species of Polynema also from Madagascar, this new taxon is placed in the informal dikobraz species group of its nominate subgenus.