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Taxonomy of Ipsiura Linsenmaier, 1959 (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae: Chrysidini)

Grant number: 14/12407-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2014
Effective date (End): November 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Eduardo Andrade Botelho de Almeida
Grantee:Daercio Adam de Araújo Lucena
Supervisor abroad: Lynn S. Kimsey
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of California, Davis (UC Davis), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:13/01195-0 - Systematics of the genus Ipsiura Linsenmaier, 1959 (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae): phylogenetic relationships with other Chrysidini taxa and among its species, BP.MS


Chrysididae is a widely distributed family of aculeate hymenopterans comprising about three thousand described species in the world. These species are currently classified into 84 genera and four subfamilies, and there are perhaps as many as one thousand more species to be described. In the Neotropical Region, the chrysidid fauna probably is more poorly known than many other biogeographic regions, but it exhibits a great diversity of species and forms. The large Neotropical genera have never been revised. Most of the already revised Chrysidini genera exhibit numerous taxonomic problems and require additional revision. Recent taxonomic treatments of some Neotropical Chrysidini genera were conducted almost thirty years ago, and the delimitation of some genera and the determination of many species is still difficult. The only available catalogue for chrysidid species occurring in Brazil was published in the beginning of the last century by the naturalist Adolfo Ducke. There is an urgent demand for taxonomic research on various taxa of Chrysididae, as well as with the training of taxonomists specializing on this group. The main goal of this BEPE project is to conduct a taxonomic and comparative morphological study of Chrysidini, with emphasis on the genus Ipsiura during a three-month internship at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis (USA). The internship will allow the taxonomic study of many Neotropical taxa of Chrysidini. This study will be accomplished using the Hymenoptera collection housed at the Bohart Museum, and will be benefited by the supervision by Dr. Lynn Siri Kimsey, Director and curator of Hymenoptera at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Species of Ipsiura as of other chrysidine genera will be studied and incorporated into the phylogenetic study that forms the Master's research project being undertaken by the student. This research will enable a deeper and more refined understanding of the morphology and taxonomy of the Chrysididae occurring in the Neotropics. (AU)

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LUCENA, DAERCIO A. A.; KIMSEY, LYNN S.; ALMEIDA, EDUARDO A. B. Phylogenetic relationships and biogeography of the Ipsiura cuckoo wasps (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae). Systematic Entomology, v. 44, n. 1, p. 192-210, JAN 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
LUCENA, DAERCIO A. A.; KIMSEY, LYNN S.; ALMEIDA, EDUARDO A. B. The Neotropical cuckoo wasp genus Ipsiura Linsenmaier, 1959 ( Hymenoptera: Chrysididae): revision of the species occurring in Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4165, n. 1, p. 1+, SEP 13 2016. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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