Sigalphus irrorator, copyright Karol Ox.

Belongs within: Ichneumonoidea.

The Sigalphinae are a cosmopolitan group of braconid wasps that develop as endoparasites of Lepidoptera (Achterberg 1993). The first metasomal tergite is immovably joined to the second in the Afrotropical genus Minanga but free in other genera.

Characters (from Achterberg 1993): Scutellum with medio-posterior depression; fore wing with marginal cell short, acute apically, vein 2m-cu absent; hind wing with vein 2-CU sclerotised, situated above bulla near lower level of vein 2A, far below middle of vein cu-a; hind spurs cylindrical; basal half of first metasomal tergite open ventrally, dorsal carinae of this tergite usually strongly developed; fourth and following tergites largely or completely retracted below third tergite; second and third metasomal sternites separated and weakly sclerotised.

|--Minanga [Minangini]A93
| `--M. serrataA93
|--Acampsis [Acampsini]A93
| |--A. alternipesA93
| `--A. chinensisA93
`--Sigalphus Latreille 1802L02 [SigalphiniA93]
|--S. ambiguusMS01
|--S. gravidator (Linnaeus 1758)L02, L58 [=Ichneumon gravidatorL02]
|--S. irroratorA93 [=Ichneumon irroratorL02]
|--S. obscurellusMS01
|--S. oculator [=Ichneumon oculator]L02
|--S. rufescensR26
|--S. rufipesR26
|--S. semirugosus [=Alysia (Sigalphus) semirugosus]G20
`--S. sulcatusR26

*Type species of generic name indicated


[A93] Achterberg, C. van. 1993. Illustrated key to the subfamilies of the Braconidae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea). Zoologische Verhandelingen 283: 1–189.

[G20] Goldfuss, G. A. 1820. Handbuch der Naturgeschichte vol. 3. Handbuch der Zoologie pt 1. Johann Leonhard Schrag: Nürnberg.

[L02] Latreille, P. A. 1802. Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière des crustacés et des insectes vol. 3. Familles naturelles des genres. F. Dufart: Paris.

[L58] Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentii Salvii: Holmiae.

[MS01] Mocsáry, A., & V. Szépligeti. 1901. Hymenopterák [Hymenopteren]. In: Horváth, G. (ed.) Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazása [Dritte Asiatische Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] vol. 2. Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazásának Állattani Eredményei [Zoologische Ergebnisse der Dritten Asiatischen Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] pp. 121–169. Victor Hornyánszky: Budapest, and Karl W. Hierseman: Leipzig.

[R26] Risso, A. 1826. Histoire naturelle des principales productions de l’Europe méridionale et particulièrement de celles des environs de Nice et des Alpes maritimes vol. 5. F.-G. Levrault: Paris.

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