Systematics of Chrysididae

Last updated on June 30th, 2020

The fundamental morphologic features which distinguish chrysidids from the other wasps are:

  • reduction of the number of the visible abdominal segments to 5 or less
  • an internal ovipositor or genital tube, constituted by the remaining abdominal segments
  • 11 antennal articles (flagellomeres), plus pedicel and scape
  • labial palps with 3 articles and maxillar palps with 5 articles
  • fore wings with 5 closed cells, or less, and
  • hind wings without closed cells.

According to the Zoological Record, Chrysidids are ranked in the taxonomic hierarchy as Aculeate Wasps, wasps equipped by a stinging apparatus. But, according to the present-day classifications, the traditional sections (infraorders) ‘Terebrantia’ (‘Parasitica’) and ‘Aculeata’ of the Suborder ‘Apocrita’ have been abandoned in the direction of taxonomy based on Superfamilies.

The Family Chrysididae comprises 5 Subfamilies and 83 Genuses. Their taxonomy down to the Genus level is as follows:

  • Class Insecta
    • Order Hymenoptera
      • Suborder Apocrita
        • Series Aculeata (obsolete)
          • Superfamily Chrysidoidea
            • Family Chrysididae
              • Subfamily Cleptinae
                • Cleptes*
                • Cleptidea
              • Subfamily Amiseginae
                • Adelphe
                • Afrosega
                • Alieniscus
                • Amisega
                • Anachrysis
                • Anadelphe
                • Atoposega
                • Baeosega
                • Bupon
                • Cladobethylus
                • Colocar
                • Duckeia
                • Exopapua
                • Exova
                • Imasega
                • Indothrix
                • Isegama
                • Kimseya
                • Kryptosega
                • Leptosega
                • Magdalium
                • Mahinda
                • Microsega
                • Myrmecomimesis
                • Nesogyne
                • Nipponosega
                • Obenbergerella
                • Perissosega
                • Reidia
                • Rohweria
                • Saltasega
                • Serendibula
              • Subfamily Loboscelidiinae
                • Loboscelidia
                • Rhadinoscelidia
              • Subfamily Chrysidinae
                • Tribe Allocoeliini
                  • Allocoelia
                • Tribe Elampini
                  • Adelopyga
                  • Diplorrhos
                  • Elampus*
                  • Exallopyga
                  • Haba
                  • Hedychreides
                  • Hedychridium*
                  • Hedychrum*
                  • Holophris
                  • Holopyga*
                  • Microchridium
                  • Minymischa
                  • Muesebeckidium
                  • Oligogaster
                  • Omalus*
                  • Parachrum
                  • Prochridium
                  • Pseudolopyga
                  • Pseudomalus*
                  • Xerochrum
                • Tribe Kimseyini
                  • Kimseya
                • Tribe Chrysidini
                  • Allochrysis
                  • Argochrysis
                  • Caenochrysis
                  • Ceratochrysis
                  • Chrysidea
                  • Chrysis*
                  • Chrysura*
                  • Chrysurissa
                  • Euchroeus*
                  • Exochrysis
                  • Gaullea
                  • Ipsiura
                  • Istiochrysis
                  • Neochrysis
                  • Odontochrydium
                  • Pentachrysis*
                  • Pleurochrysis
                  • Praestochrysis*
                  • Primeuchroeus
                  • Pseudospinolia*
                  • Spinolia*
                  • Spintharina*
                  • Spintharosoma
                  • Stilbichrysis
                  • Stilbum*
                  • Trichrysis*
              • Subfamily Parnopinae
                • Cephaloparnops
                • Isadelphia
                • Parnopes*

* the asterisk indicates the presence of the Genus in Europe.


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Agnoli G.L. & Rosa P. (2020) Systematics of Chrysididae, in: Chrysis.net website. Interim version 15 July 2020, URL: https://www.chrysis.net/chrysididae/systematics-of-chrysididae/.