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Published: 2022-07-20

Discovery through iNaturalist: new species and new records of oak gall wasps (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae: Cynipini) from Texas, USA

Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, c/o National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20013, U.S.A.
Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107, U.S.A.
Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107, U.S.A
Gallformers.org, Austin, TX, 78722, U.S.A.
Hymenoptera Citizen Science cybertaxonomy Druon Striatoandricus Andricus

Abstract

A new species of the genus Druon Kinsey, 1937, D. laceyi Zhang, Sasan & O’Kennon sp. nov. is described on host plant Quercus laceyi Small from central Texas. We also re-establish Andricus lustrans Beutenmüller, 1913 comb.rev., and transfer Striatoandricus aciculatus (Beutenmüller, 1909) comb. nov. from Andricus. Finally, we report a new state and host record for Druon gregori Melika, Nicholls & Stone, 2022. All observations were first shared on the social platform iNaturalist, highlighting the potential of cybertaxonomy in uncovering overlooked biodiversity.

 

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