Female Tiphia femorata, copyright Hectonichus.

Belongs within: Euaculeata.

The Tiphiidae are a group of small wasps that develop as parasites of subterranean beetle larvae. Within the family, members of the genus Tiphia have wings with two submarginal cells and a single spur on the mid tibia. Anthobosca have three submarginal cells and two mid-tibial spurs (Naumann 1991).

Characters (from Naumann 1991): Inner margins of compound eyes not strongly emarginate; pronotum freely articulating with mesothorax, mid-dorsally usually long, posterolaterally reaching tegula, ventrally rounded; mesostemum usually with plate-like extensions over mid coxae; propodeum not tripartite; fore wing without pseudovenation. Larvae with four-toothed mandibles and second pair of thoracic spiracles reduced or absent. Cocoon present.

<==Tiphiidae [Tiphidae, Tiphioidea]
| i. s.: ColocistisHR11
| |--C. crassaHH07
| |--C. eremiBD17
| `--C. sulcatusHR11
| Architiphia rasnitsyni Darling in Darling & Sharkey 1990RJ93
| PterombrusRD77
|--Anthobosca Guérin de Méneville 1838BL17 [incl. Adontothynnus Cameron 1906T08; AnthoboscinaeGE05]
| `--‘Geotiphia’ foxianaE66
|--Diamma [Diamminae]K04
| `--D. bicolorN91
| |--Brachycistis timberlakeiJB13
| `--GlyptometopaK04
`--Tiphia [Tiphiinae]N91
| i. s.: T. annandalei Turner 1908AJ30
| T. auripennis Bingham 1897AJ30
| T. borneana Cameron 1907AJ30
| T. brevipennis Lucas 1848E12
| T. ‘brevipennis’ Cameron 1900 non Lucas 1848C00
| T. carbonaria Smith 1861AJ30
| T. clypealis Cameron 1896–1897AJ30
| T. consueta Smith 1879AJ30
| T. flavipennis Smith 1858AJ30
| T. fumipennis Smith 1858AJ30
| T. fuscinervis Cameron 1896–1897AJ30
| T. higoensisS94
| T. ifriS94
| T. implicata Cameron 1896–1897AJ30
| T. incisa Cameron 1896–1897AJ30
| T. intrudens Smith 1864AJ30
| T. khasiana Cameron 1902AJ30
| T. kisukeiS94
| T. levisternalisS94
| T. maculataL02
| T. magnoliaeS94
| T. minutaCL22
| T. nipponicaS94
| T. ordinaria Smith 1873AJ30
| T. oswini Turner 1911AJ30
| T. punctata Smith 1873AJ30
| T. punctifrons Cameron 1909AJ30
| T. robusta Cameron 1904AJ30
| T. rufipes Smith 1855AJ30
| T. rufotibiataS94
| T. spinosa Cameron 1902AJ30
| T. stigma Smith 1858AJ30
| T. teranishiiS94
| T. tibetana Turner 1908AJ30
| T. transversaRD77
| T. vulgataS94
|--T. femorataG20
| |--T. f. femorataS94
| `--T. f. biseculata Allen & Jaynes 1930S94, AJ30
|--T. clauseni Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. latistriata Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. longitegulata Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. matura Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. minutopunctata Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. nana Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. pigmentata Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. pullivora Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. totopunctata Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. vernalis Rohwer 1924AJ30
|--T. agilis groupAJ30
| |--T. agilis Smith 1873AJ30
| `--T. asericae Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. bicarinata groupAJ30
| |--T. bicarinata Cameron 1902AJ30
| |--T. brevilineata Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
| |--T. cilicincta Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
| `--T. fukiensis Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. capillata groupAJ30
| |--T. capillata Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
| `--T. levipunctata Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. koreana groupAJ30
| |--T. antigenata Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
| |--T. assamensis Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
| |--T. autumnalis Rohwer 1924AJ30
| |--T. communis Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
| |--T. fossata Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
| |--T. koreana Rohwer 1927AJ30
| |--T. ovidorsalis Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
| `--T. tegitiplaga Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. malayana groupAJ30
| |--T. brevistigma Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
| |--T. compressa Smith 1855AJ30
| `--T. malayana Cameron 1910AJ30
|--T. popilliavora groupAJ30
| |--T. inconspicua Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
| |--T. nervidirecta Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
| |--T. ovinigris Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
| |--T. phyllophagae Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
| `--T. popilliavora Rohwer 1924AJ30
`--T. rufomandibulata groupAJ30
|--T. brevicarinata Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. lyrata Magretti 1892AJ30
|--T. notopolita Allen & Jaynes 1930 [incl. T. notopolita var. intermedia Allen & Jaynes 1930]AJ30
|--T. rufomandibulata Smith 1873AJ30
|--T. singularis Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
|--T. sternocarinata Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30
`--T. sternodentata Allen & Jaynes 1930AJ30

*Type species of generic name indicated


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