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article imageNew species of wasp discovered by Canadian scientists

By Tim Sandle     Jan 13, 2014 in Environment
Canadian researchers have found 16 new species of wasps from the Nearctic region. So far, seven of the species have been cataloged and described.
The Nearctic region is one of the eight terrestrial ecozones dividing the Earth's land surface. The Nearctic ecozone covers most of North America, including Greenland and the highlands of Mexico. Southern Mexico, southern Florida, Central America, and the Caribbean islands are part of the Neotropic ecozone, together with South America.
The specimens were identified as new species by using stereomicroscopy and a field-emission gun environmental scanning electron microscope.
The wasps are all members of the subfamily Charipinae (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea: Figitidae). These types of wasp are widely distributed around the world. They are mainly characterized as being a very small wasp, with a smooth and shiny body.
The new species are described in an article called "First Records, New Species, and a Key of the Charipinae (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea: Figitidae) From the Nearctic Region" that appears in the current issue of Annals of the Entomological Society of America.
The wasps have been deposited in the United States National Museum of Natural History and some specimens in the Canadian National Collection of Insects.
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