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Title: A preliminary check-list of the Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera) of the Maltese Islands
Authors: Askew, Richard R.
Mifsud, David
Keywords: Insects -- Malta
Insects -- Mediterranean Region
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Entomological Society of Malta
Citation: Askew, Richard R. & Mifsud, David (2016). A preliminary check-list of the Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera) of the Maltese Islands. Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Malta, Vol. 8, p. 47-72
Abstract: A list of 147 species of Chalcidoidea from the Maltese Islands is presented 73 of which are here reported for the first time from this territory. They belong to 15 families as follows: Agaonidae (3); Aphelinidae (20 including 3 new records); Azotidae (1 new record); Chalcididae (3 new records); Encyrtidae (23 including 13 new records); Eulophidae (35 including 19 new records); Eupelmidae (7 including 2 new records); Eurytomidae (5 including 4 new records); Leucospidae (4); Mymaridae (2); Ormyridae (1 new record); Pteromalidae (33 including 21 new records); Signiphoridae (2); Tetracampidae (1 new record); Torymidae (7 including 5 new records). Out of the 73 new records, 55 were exclusively found in Malaise trap samples at Verdala Palace near Buskett, a semi-natural wooded area dominated by Pinus halepensis. Thirty species mentioned in the present study were reared from plant-galls, either during the present study or in former studies pertaining to Malta. Of these 8 are gall inducers and the rest are primary or secondary parasitoids of the gall inducers. This list must represent only a small proportion of the actual species richness expected to be found in the Maltese Islands since absolutely no field work was carried out in other diverse and potentially rich habitats, such as steppe, garigue, maquis, coastal habitats and valley systems, present on these islands.
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