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Volume 72, Issue 12


Occurrence of the rare root aphid parasitoid, Aclitus obscuripennis (Hymeoptera: Braconidae: Aphidiinae) in Iran

Samira Farahani
  • Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands, Agricultural Research Education and Extension Organization, (AREEO), Tehran, Iran
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  • Institute of Entomology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Branišovská 31, 37005, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
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  • Department of Plant Protection, College of Agriculture, University of Zabol, P.O. Box 98615–538, I.R, Zabol, Iran
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Published Online: 2017-12-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/biolog-2017-0167


The sampling surveys were conducted in the northern Iran, using several Malaise traps, during 2010–2011. A single specimen of a rare root aphid parasitoid, Aclitus obscuripennis Förster, 1862 (Hym.: Braconidae: Aphidiinae) was identified among the collected specimens. This is the first record of the genus Aclitus in Iran and western Asian area. Aclitus obscuripennis is re-described and illustrated and its occurrence in Iran is discussed. Additional specimens from central Europe were examined and compared. Our findings introduced a new tritrophic ecological system to be further investigated in upcoming studies

Key words: Western Asia; new record; parasitoid wasps; Hyrcanian forest


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Received: 2017-08-22

Accepted: 2017-11-20

Published Online: 2017-12-29

Published in Print: 2017-12-20

Citation Information: Biologia, Volume 72, Issue 12, Pages 1494–1498, ISSN (Online) 1336-9563, ISSN (Print) 0006-3088, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/biolog-2017-0167.

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